The Commit2Respond initiative began with the Peoples Climate March in New York City, in September of 2014. On April 29th, we will march again with the People's Climate Movement to show the world that we re-commit to respond to the urgency of averting climate chaos. The Unitarian Universalist Association, UU Service Committee, and UU Ministry for Earth have all signed on to be partner organizations for the Peoples Climate Movement. We encourage UUs to participate in the mobilization to Washington, D.C. or in a sister march in your own corner of the world.
From Aly Tharp, Programs Coordinator for the UU Ministry for Earth & UU Young Adults for Climate Justice:
One of the big reasons that I am participating in the Peoples Climate Movement is to create a special program for young adult faith activists with the UU College of Social Justice & UU Young Adults for Climate Justice,
April 27-30th: GROW Climate Justice. This will be an opportunity for young adults to gain new skills and insights into activism, and to have a deeply moving and action packed experience at the Peoples Climate March and other surrounding events with peers and new friends.
From Rev. Karen Brammer, Manager for the UUA Green Sanctuary Program:
I hope, with all my heart that on April 29 thousands of UUs come to Washington D.C. I yearn for a coherent UU response to climate injustice, and right after the PCM in Washington, DC there will be opportunities to build this united campaign. I believe it matters that we march; to impact government, and as faith community, to hone ourselves, and our Big Love for the world. It will be good to be together.
Here are some helpful links to help you prepare for the March for Climate, Jobs, & Justice:
- Jemez Principles
- Faith Organizing Group
- Sister March Organizing Toolkit
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Answers
- Information on Getting to DC
- Bus Organizing Cheat Sheet
- Sister March Locations
- Posters & Flyers
- Social Media Resource
- GROW Climate Justice Young Adult Program (D.C.) - April 27-30
Webinar: Planning for the People’s Climate Movement Marches
To find out more information about how to participate and plan for the Peoples Climate Movement marches, RSVP to join a webinar with Rev. Karen Brammer and Aly Tharp on March 23rd, at 7:30 PM Eastern / 4:30 PM Pacific. If you can't make the call but would like to receive the recording, RSVP as well.
People’s Climate Resistance Story Circles
The People’s Climate Movement (PCM) is encouraging communities to gather together as “circles of resistance to vision our future” for story sharing to inspire for our artwork and messages at the April 29th March for Climate, Jobs, & Justice. Commit2Respond will be hosting numerous virtual story circles (web -- Zoom.us -- and phone based) for faith activists to attend, on March 30th, April 1st, and April 3rd. These gatherings will help shape the message that our community will carry with us for the People’s Climate March in Washington, D.C., and it will help prepare anyone who wants to host a story circle gathering in their local community for a PCM Sister March. RSVP at the links above.