Next week, the climate talks in Paris will begin. Over 200,000 were expected to gather outside to rally our leaders to take meaningful action but, due to the horrific attacks in Paris earlier this month, that march has been canceled. This means that the voices of the people may be muted during the international talks.
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1) I've never been to a march before. What do I do?
Find a march near you. There are thousands to choose from. Show up. It is that simple. Bonus points if you wear an environmentally themed tee-shirt or hat or if you bring signs. Most likely, though, there will be free signs provided by rally organizers or brought by fellow marchers. There may also be free coffee, bumper stickers, buttons and more. It is a collegial atmosphere and everyone is willing to share.
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2) I don't want to go alone. How do I recruit others to join me?
Start with your significant other or family. Then expand your circle by asking environmentally minded friends. Make a day out of it by planning lunch or an outing after the rally. If you have children, let them invite a friend. Host a sign making party beforehand to get others invested. See if a local chapter of 350.org or the Sierra Club or similar group is sponsoring buses. You can then go with a group of activists from your community.
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3) But will it even make a difference?
I feel powerless all the time when it comes to global warming and our environment. I feel frustrated that our leaders are not listening and that many of my fellow citizens do not even believe in climate change. Nothing, however, is more empowering that standing up and making noise. President Obama did not reject the Keystone XL Pipeline because folks sat home and worried. He did not cancel Arctic drilling leases because we grew our own vegetables and biked to work. Those personal actions are important but do not underestimate the power and importance of personally showing up.
4) How do I expand my reach?
Take LOTS of photos. Share them on social media. Email or text them to friends. Post them on a blog, like this one. Share articles covering marches on social media and amplify people you follow on those platforms by sharing their experiences of the rallies they attended. Make noise!