Join us Saturday, April 29, to show we care passionately about climate and justice. We will meet up to carry the WES banner. For when and where, and for text updates during the march, sign up to receive real-time updates from WES as we gather and march throughout the day with your cell number. This is a similar system WES used for the Women’s March. You will need to simple sign up on the site (your character type – teacher, student, parent, etc., isn’t relevant). Then you will receive text messages throughout the march.
- 10am – Meet Up. Meet at the Christopher Columbus statue/fountain in front of Union Station with the other WES folks and the WES Banner. Terry Smith from the Earth Ethics Team will have the WES Banner.
- 11am – Gathering. (Exact timing TBD) Gather on the Mall near 3rd Street, in front of Capitol. Be on the lookout for a text from Terry which will have the specific time and details.
- 12:30pm – The March. Be on the lookout for additional text messages from Terry that will keep you in the loop as the group marches toward the White House.
- 2:00pm – Collective Action. We will surround the White House and take powerful collective action to honor the lives at stake and make a loud sound demanding climate justice and good jobs that will drown out all of the climate-denying nonsense that has been coming out of this Administration.
- 3:00pm – End of March Activities. We will reconvene at the Washington Monument grounds to connect and share the stories that brought us to DC. We’ll hear from the front line of the climate crisis and share solutions rooted in our own communities. There will be music and beautiful art from around the country that powerfully shows our local demands and visions. We’ll even assemble all our individual signs into one collective message of resistance.
- 5:00pm – Head Home for Ongoing Action. We will wrap up our day together and head back to our local communities, preparing to take action on May 1st in solidarity with workers and immigrants across the country.
Code of Conduct
To encourage the broadest and most diverse involvement possible, to respect our many communities and the important issues we are supporting, to help create a family-friendly mobilization and to help ensure the safety of all participants, we expect everyone taking part in the Peoples Climate March to respect the following agreements:
- We will use no violence (physical or verbal) towards any person.
- We will not destroy or damage property.
- We will promote a tone of respect, honesty, transparency, and accountability in our actions.
- We will not carry anything that can be construed as a weapon, nor possess (or consume) any alcohol or drugs.
- We will all hold each other accountable to respecting these agreements.
What to bring
Most importantly, bring everyone you know! Help make this a powerful representation of our resistance in this critical moment!
Bring things that help communicate the message:
- If you plan on attending the Sunrise Water Ceremony, bring a small sample of water from your home; the water will be blended in a copper pail, blessed, and carried in the march.
- Make your own signs and banners and t-shirts (or buy one of ours) and flags – be creative! Sticks and poles are allowed — but please, no sticks with pointy ends or exposed nails/screws.
- Carry signs or banners that let people know where you are from – what organization, what city or state, what country
- Music that does not need amplification is encouraged
Items to bring that will make your day more comfortable:
- Small backpacks and bags are allowed and should be filled with water and snacks! We do not recommend bringing hiking backpacks. You can store bags at Union Station.
- Comfortable shoes
- Layers (the weather in DC can be pretty unpredictable and shift a lot over the course of a day)
- Check the weather a day or two in advance; if it’s going to be a sunny day, bring sunscreen and a hat
- Reusable water bottle (we will have water filling stations throughout the march)
- Bring some light food and drinks…it will be a long day
What not to bring
- Do not weigh yourself down with unnecessary clothing or other items that you will have to carry all day long…travel lightly.
- Any weapons or anything that can be construed as a weapon, including pocket knives, multi-tools, mace, scissors, etc.
- Any illegal drugs (while marijuana is legal in DC, the march will be on federal property and national park land, where marijuana is still illegal).