As April comes into full swing, we look forward to celebrating Earth Day and reflecting on what called us into the environmental movement in the first place. According to Earthday.org, “the idea for a national day to focus on the environment came to Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. Inspired by the student anti-war movement, he realized that if he could infuse that energy with an emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution, it would force environmental protection onto the national political agenda.”
For those looking to activate their support for science and the climate movement this month, please see below for a few upcoming local and national marches:
March for Science
Saturday April 22 – March for Science SF
March for Science San Francisco celebrates public discovery, understanding, and distribution of scientific knowledge as crucial to the freedom, success, health, and safety of life on this planet. This is a nonpartisan group, marching in support of the following goals: Communication, Funding, Policy, Literacy, and Diversity. A rally with invited speakers will start the event at 11:00AM in Justin Herman Plaza. After the rally at approximately 12:30PM, the march will continue down Market street to Civic Center Plaza, ending with a Fair to celebrate science.
Saturday April 22 – March for Science DC
March for Science DC demonstrates a passion for science and sounds a call to support and safeguard the scientific community. It is time for people who support scientific research and evidence-based policies to take a public stand and be counted. In Washington DC, participants can begin congregating at the National Mall at 8 AM. The event will kick off at 9 AM with a teach-in and rally and end with a march through the streets of DC. Co-hosted with the Earth Day Network, the rally will be a call for politicians to implement science based policies, as well as a public celebration of science and the enormous public service it provides in our democracy, our economy, and in all our daily lives.
People’s Climate March
Saturday April 29 – People’s Climate March DC
Join the Peoples Climate Movement this April 29th in Washington, D.C. and across the country to stand up for our communities and climate. This is a moment to bring the range of progressive social change movements together. Pushing forward on our vision of a clean, safe world where the rights of all people are protected and expanded means we all must work together.
Saturday April 29 – People’s Climate Satellite Marches Bay Area
People’s Climate Movement – Bay Area
April 29, 2017 at 11am – 5pm
Lake Merritt Amphitheater
Lake Merritt Blvd, Oakland, CA 94606
For more local marches in San Jose, Santa Cruz, Sonoma, Napa, Santa Rosa, and Sacramento, visit this link: https://peoplesclimate.org/sister-marches/