Citizens of Champaign-Urbana to Join in Global Climate March
Saturday, April 29 2017
West Side Park
400 W. University Ave, Champaign, IL
(If you can’t make it to Champaign, join one of 200 sister marches across the country)
Concerned residents of the Champaign area are gathering in West Side Park in downtown Champaign, on April 29th, from 2-4 PM, to demand action on greenhouse gas emissions and climate issues. With three straight years of record global temperatures and increasing dangerous weather events, the time to act on climate is now.
It is an issue of justice, says Lan Richart of Eco-Justice Collaborative, one of the event’s speakers. The consequences of climate change will be felt by today’s children and the generations that follow. One day our children’s children will ask ‘What did they do once they knew?”
All are welcome to join in demonstrating to leaders in Illinois and worldwide that there will be resistance to attacks on our people, our communities and our planet. The march will be in solidarity with the worldwide Peoples Climate Movement, which will see people around the world gather together on April 29th to protect our climate.
The C-U march will feature inspirational speeches and calls to action from speakers including State Representative Carol Ammons and State Senator Scott Bennett, music by local string band Meadowhawk, and informational tables from Prairie Rivers Network, Eco-Justice Collaborative, and others. Marchers will be called to take a variety of direct actions, such as purchasing solar power with Solar Urbana-Champaign 2.0, building bee-friendly gardens with the University of Illinois Pollinatarium, or buying compost bins from the City of Urbana.
The Champaign-Urbana People’s Climate March is sponsored by the Prairie Group of the Illinois Chapter of the Sierra Club and by Food and Water Watch.