People from across the nation are coming to Washington, DC on April 29 for a day of global climate action. The People’s Climate March, planned by an alliance that includes climate scientists, environmental organizations, faith-based groups, labor unions, indigenous groups, and citizen activists, is expected to attract millions to the nation’s capital as well as companion marches across the country and around the world.
The march will take place starting at 9 a.m. on April 29 at locations near the White House, National Mall and the United States Capitol. For more info, go to: peoplesclimate.org
In the weeks before the March, local Potomac, Anacostia and Patuxent Riverkeepers joined Spring of Light, and EcoHermanas at sacred water ceremonies on Saturdays beginning April 1. The public was invited to participate in cooperative art-making to bring the stories of our local rivers and the spirit of the water to the People’s Climate March.
The artwork created at each event will be brought to the culminating Honoring Our Sacred Waters ceremony and festival on the banks of the Anacostia at Poplar Point on April 28 from 6 to 9 PM — the night before the climate march with Waterkeepers from across the region and nation. For more info, go to Facebook event page.
- Friday night please attend the sacred Water Ceremony at Poplar Point (1900 Anacostia Drive, SE, Washington, DC). See map below.
- Please bring a sample of water from your local watershed. This doesn't need to be much, you can bring some in a small cup or vial (please no alcoholic containers).
- On Saturday morning, we will meet at the small fountain at Bartholdi Park, United States Botanical Garden at 10 AM (where Washington Ave and Independence Ave SW meet).
- In the event of a government shutdown and area closures, we will meet at the corner of Washington Ave and Independence Ave SW. Look for the group with the colorful totems for the Patuxent, Anacostia and Potomac Rivers.
- Traffic will be very congested. We recommend using Metro (Orange/Blue lines at Capitol South or Federal Center SW).
- After we meet up, we will walk to the Capitol building to line up for the March! Line up starts at 11 AM.
- Just in case you feel like there aren't enough great events to get involved with, Betsy Nicholas, executive director of Waterkeepers Chesapeake will be speaking at Scenario 300: Making Climate Cool!
- Scenario 300 is a strategy for going from a dangerous 406 ppm (parts per million) to a safer 300 ppm of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere.
- You can register for the event here.
Spring of Light: Rabiah is a medicinewoman whose Native American roots frame her work. She is called upon to facilitate ceremonies and women’s circles as well as opening blessings at conferences, retreats, and gatherings. Visit Spring of Light online.
EcoHermanas is a community of women that weaves and reconnects communities to Mother Earth. Visit EcoHermanas online.
Thank you to the Town Creek Foundation for supporting our water ceremonies and participation in the People's Climate March.