For Immediate Release
May 29, 2013
The Great March for Climate Action today announced its route for next year’s eight-month march to call for action on the climate crisis. On March 1, 2014, 1000 “climate patriots” will set-out from Santa Monica, CA, traveling through Los Angeles, Phoneix, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Colorado Springs, Denver, Omaha, Des Moines, Davenport, Chicago, South Bend, Toledo, Cleveland, Youngstown, Pittsburgh and Hagerstown to arrive in Washington, DC on November 1 – three days before the mid-term elections. To view the full list of cities and towns along the route and the roads marchers will travel, CLICK HERE. To view the map of the route, CLICK HERE.
“Finalizing the route is a huge accomplishment,” said Ed Fallon, who initiated the idea of a coast-to-coast march to demand action on the climate crisis. “It has involved hundreds of hours of planning and input by many people across the country, and I’m grateful to all who have helped. I especially want to thank our March Route Coordinator, Courtney Kain, for pulling the pieces together.”
Fallon, Kain and others originally looked at setting-out from one of four west coast cities: Portland, San Francisco, San Diego or Los Angeles. San Francisco was the early preference. But after working for two weeks to chart a course through the Sierra Nevada, organizers concluded a more southern route would be safer.
“We now turn our attention to the challenge of figuring out logistics, such as feeding marchers, transporting gear, providing portable bathroom, laundry and shower facilities, and showcasing the sustainable practices we need to embrace if America is to grapple successfully with the climate crisis,” said Kain. “As we continue to build a strong foundation for this March, by mid-summer we’ll be well-positioned to actively recruit marchers.”
Fallon, a former state lawmaker who now hosts a talk show called “The Fallon Forum,” has raised enough money to hire five full-time staffers. The task of fundraising continues as progress is being made on other key aspects of organizing the March.
“Climate change is a reality we must tackle head-on,” concluded Fallon. “We need creative solutions, and we need them now. By marching through eleven states, several major cities, and lots of small- and mid-sized towns, we hope to galvanize America’s attention to the urgency of the climate crisis.”
For comments and questions, please contact Ed Fallon at Ed@ClimateMarch.org or 858-35-MARCH.