People’s Climate March in Maine as Well as New York? Yes!

People's Climate March Has a Route!

March planners have reached an agreement with the New York Police Department! There are still many details to work out, but this is what is now in place:

082014a.jpg     Assembly Location: in the area north of Columbus Circle

     March Route:   

  • Leave Columbus Circle and go east on 59th Street.
  • Turn onto 6th Ave. and go south to 42nd Street.
  • Turn right onto 42nd Street and go west to 11th Ave.
  • Turn left on 11th Ave. and go south to 34th Street.
  • End Location: on 11th Ave. in the streets between 34th Street and 38th Street.

Planners still need to negotiate the exact time our march will begin (we would like noon; NYPD wants 11:00 a.m.) and a meaningful end-of-march activity. 350 Maine will keep you posted as details become available. A big thank-you to everyone for phenomenal patience as we work this out! (Image credit: Nicolas Lampert)

Can You Help Build Momentum to Make This the Biggest March Yet?

350 Maine encourages as many people as possible to get on a bus and join the march, but as the saying goes, “we need everyone.” Here are ways you can help:

★Recruit people to march by tabling, storytelling, singing or other creative ways. Contact Sam Murray to lend a hand with these efforts.
★For an earlier bus, leaving Brunswick on Friday afternoon, September 19, in time for attending some of the many events scheduled for Saturday, September 20, and returning to Maine after the March) or for more info on how college students can to plug into the Sunday buses being organized to go, contact Michael Butler or Allyson Gross
★If you are a high school student or teacher and would like to help form and be part of a high school recruitment group, contact Lee Chisholm
★Recruit people by phone banking. Starting Sunday, August 17, from 5:30 to 7:30, we are gathering and (1) calling friends and contacts from our personal address books, and (2) call names on contact lists such as 350 Maine’s, repeating this process weekly until the People’s Climate March. If you can reach out via phone, contact Willow Femmechild for more info.
★Consider downloading some of the color posters at http://peoplesclimate.org/resources and posting them in your region.

Write a letter to the editor of one of Maine’s newspapers and talk about why you are going on the march and invite others to join you. 

What If I’m Not Going to New York? How Can I Be Part of the Action? 

Some people will not be in New York on September 21—fact. Those who are staying in Maine can share our climate change messaging with an estimated 60,000 people at Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association’s Common Ground Country Fair in Unity. 350 Maine will have a table at the fair and we need staff for each of the fair’s three days. We hope to be able to live stream the People’s Climate March at the fair. If you will be in Maine and are interested in staffing our table, fill out the Doodle poll (http://doodle.com/9fp5q3gwbvyueq8a) and get in touch with Read Brugger at read@350maine.org.

Wendy Schlotterbeck is interested in a family-friendly solidarity parade in Cumberland or Androscoggin County for the afternoon of Sunday, September 21. Beginning thoughts are for a costume parade that could include displaced penguins; species invading Maine such as deer ticks, Japanese beetles, and green crabs; lobsters and clams that are losing shells to ocean acidification; instruments for some music to get folks moving; unicyclists and bicyclists, and of course some colorful banners explaining the march, our asks and needs, and ending with a banner that points to solutions (with clever costumes for gardeners and scarecrows, solar panels, sunflowers, and other positives too!). If you would like to be part of planning or implementing this solidarity parade, contact Wendy (wendy.schlotterbeck@gmail.com or 207-777-1980) by Saturday, Aug 23.

A Special Request from 350.org to Us

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We have just one month to turn the People's Climate March in New York City into the biggest march against climate change ever seen on this planet.

To put us on the road to making that a reality, we're working with people from across the movement to recruit 10,000 new people to come to the march in the next 48 hours. If you plan to go to New York for the march and haven’t registered yet, 

Make this a historic action by signing up here, and joining our sprint to get 10,000 people signed up in the next two days.

If you are already registered for the march, call a few friends and make sure that they register if they are planning on going.

Confronting climate change means turning the rising tides, protecting us from dangerous extreme weather, and cutting dangerous pollution. But it also means reinvesting in our broken infrastructure, building local energy solutions, and creating a more just, fair society. This is what we need to demand of world leaders when they gather in New York City to talk about climate action. And we need a lot of people in order to be heard.

Save the Date

  • Wednesday, August 20: Webinar with Naomi Klein, author, journalist, and activist, presents on why you should march and how to get involved. Link is for RSVP (you will also need to register on Maestro (http://bit.ly/aug20call) ahead of time.