Two marches of significance will be held in the near future, both rallying for equitable jobs, racial, social and economic justice, and the climate. The first of these is the Madison Climate March scheduled for Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 2:00pm.
In celebration of Earth Day, the Madison Climate March will rally for strong leadership at both the state and local levels, for jobs that are healthy for the planet and for communities, and for solutions to the climate crisis that are rooted in racial, social and economic justice.
It will begin on the King Street side of the State Capitol building. After a short rally with speakers, those assembled will process to the Madison Gas and Electric power plant on Blount Street.
This site was chosen because MG&E is one of the community’s largest contributors to climate change with 88% of the electricity it provides coming from fossil fuels - 68% from coal and 20% from gas.
With vision and leadership, MG&E could become a clean energy leader -- not just for Madison, but for the state and the region. On April 22nd, concerned citizens will call on MGE to step up to that task by taking bold action to build a future that values the climate and clean jobs that could follow.
The Madison Climate March is a sister effort to the People’s Climate March taking place in Washington D.C. the following Saturday on April 29th, the end of the first 100 days of the Trump Administration. With similar purpose, frontline communities, labor unions, faith organizations, youth, indigenous, environmental groups and others will march to make evident their hopes for a livable climate and an economy that provides sustainable jobs and justice for all. They will demand greater leadership from President Trump and congress on these issues. The March route will be from the Capitol to the White House with a stop at the Washington Monument to share experiences of struggle and to present strategies for moving forward with programs and policies needed to address climate change, economic inequity, and racial injustice.
The Peoples’ Climate March grew out of awareness that any attempt to address climate change must be based on economic and racial justice. Sensing that President Trump and his allies pose a serious threat to the environment, to clean water and air, and to the health of people and the planet, the march is a bold effort to demonstrate that there is a broad swath of communities across the country that care about these issues and to call on national leadership to take positive action.
350 Madison Climate Action Team is coordinating a bus to attend the People’s Climate March. Seats are available on a bus leaving Madison Friday April 28 and returning Sunday, April 30. For more information visit the 350 Madison website at http://350madison.org/upcoming-events/.
- Occurred Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 @ 2:00 pm