One year from now, the Great March for Climate Action will have arrived in Washington, D.C. after its eight-month long journey across a continent. The marchers will have traveled 3,000 miles, spoken to people in over 100 cities, and spread the message that action on climate change is urgent. They will have crossed deserts, mountains, plains and plateaus, in all sorts of weather conditions, experiencing the vastness of America in a manner more primal, more physical than most modern people can even imagine.
Although we have yet to put sole to pavement, the Great March for Climate Action is hard at work. Staff and volunteers are laying the foundation so that one year from now when we arrive in the nation’s capital, our voices will have been heard from the West Coast to the East Coast. The grassroots organizing, fundraising and physical training that we do now is taxing, but it will assure that the Climate March is a success. As much as some of us would like to just start walking, the steps we take now are as important as the steps we take next year.
With one year before this journey is complete, we want to take a moment to say “thank you” to all those who have come this far on the journey. Thanks to all the marchers who have committed their time not just to march, but to fundraise and help in other ways, as well. Thanks to all the volunteers, both those in Des Moines and the many more across the country. Thanks to those who have liked us on Facebook, followed us on Twitter and even donated to a marcher via Crowdrise. You have helped us spread the word to the point where we now have marchers from 33 states and three foreign countries.
November 2014 will be here before we know it and a lot of our country and world will be much different. Let’s make sure that taking greater action on climate change is among those differences.