After the March
Just a quick update on my experience at the People’s Climate March last Sunday. It has taken me days to feel fully recovered and report after the march.
When I dragged myself on Monday to an appointment with my naturopath/acupuncturist/chiropractor, Dr. Gabrielle Francis, and proclaimed that I felt completely depleted, she laughed and said “You were in 400,000 people’s energy fields – of course you’re depleted!”
But it was such good energy! My day as a volunteer began at 7:00 a.m. It’s always fun (once you’re awake) to experience the city early in the morning on a Sunday. As the crowd began to swell, far exceeding the 150,000 people originally estimated to attend, the passion that everyone brought with them was palpable.
Climate change is a serious, real and imminent threat that affects every person on this planet. It was incredible to witness the dedication of people taking to the streets to let our world “leaders” know just how we feel about it.
I’ve included some links below in case you’re still in the dark about some of the issues people were marching about. Words like fracking, geoengineering, factory farming and deforestation should be household words by now, but unfortunately they’re not.
So how did I get so passionate about and involved with the issue of climate change? I think initially my love of nature sparked a deep awareness. But it was an email I received last April from Avaaz Executive Director Ricken Patel about attending their first offline meeting of Avaaz supporters.
“Avaaz.org is a 34-million person global campaign network that works to ensure that the views and values of the world’s people shape global decision-making. (“Avaaz” means “voice” or “song” in many languages.) Avaaz members live in every nation of the world; our team is spread across 18 countries on 6 continents and operates in 17 languages.” Avaaz
It was at that meeting that Ricken and his fellow activists spoke about plans for a march for climate change. It was in its infancy stage and it has really been something special for me to witness the entire process from start to a HUGE successful finish. This was not just a NYC event – it was global. Here are some amazing photos from around the world.
And a few of my own pictures after the march, from ground level!
I would love to hear your thoughts on this issue!