The following is from SOMA Action
Community members from Maplewood, Millburn and South Orange will join hundreds of thousands of other Americans in Washington, DC, in a march for climate, jobs and justice. The People’s Climate March, on April 29, 2017, is a project of dozens of organizations working together to solve the climate crisis.
SOMA Action and the Maplewood, South Orange and Millburn Green Teams have joined forces to organize local buses to Washington, DC. These communities are ready to mobilize again after the success of the Women’s March on Washington, DC. About 1,800 South Orange-Maplewood residents filled local buses to travel to the Women’s March in January. South Orange resident Hildy Karp has stepped up again to assist with bus logistics for the April 29th march.
2017 People’s Climate March on Washington DC will take place on Saturday, April 29, 2017. For more details and to register for the bus, visit the fb page at https://www.facebook.com/SOMAClimateMarchDC/ and https://bit.ly/2lAVdsp. Learn more about the 2017 People’s Climate March at https://peoplesclimate.org/.
Regan White, a member of the SOMA Action Environmental Committee said, “Buses will leave from the Maplewood-Millburn-South Orange area. The faster we fill these buses, the more buses we’ll be able to schedule. So, buy your ticket now!” The organizers are planning to purchase carbon offsets to mitigate the impact of bus emissions from the trip and local high school students are coordinating to launch a poster-making party.
Jerome Wagner, a leader at 350NJ, spoke at a meeting of SOMA Action in February. He challenged the group to get involved as a local organizer for the People’s Climate March. 350NJ is a local, all-volunteer chapter of 350.org, the global climate-solutions organization with active members in 188 countries. Wagner said, “2017 needs to be a year of strong action favoring the climate. I am impressed by grassroots organizers in Maplewood, Millburn and South Orange. The only way this mobilization will work is if it’s driven from the bottom up by people like you. That’s why we want everyone to get on a bus and join the People’s Climate March in Washington, DC.”
The last People’s Climate March, in September 2014, had a turnout of more than 400,000 people in New York City and was hailed as the largest climate march in history. That march preceded the United Nations climate summit, held just days later at the U.N. Headquarters in New York.
Tracey Woods, the chair of the Maplewood Green Team said, “We are marching because climate change affects all of us and, by marching, we show how united we are on this issue.” On Thursday, March 9, 2017, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, the Maplewood Green Team will host a social event at the Woodland in Maplewood to celebrate the group’s 10-year anniversary. Representatives from the local organizing effort for the People’s Climate March will be at this event to provide information and sign up people for the buses to Washington, DC.