I’m inviting you to join me and hundreds of thousands of others on September 21 in NYC as we show our support for national and international governmental action to slow climate change, protect God’s creation, and reduce the pain, suffering and injustice climate change is already causing.
The event is called the People's Climate March (PCM). You may have heard about it already, and you'll definitely hear about it again. Scheduled for September 21st in New York City, this march is shaping up to be the biggest mass mobilization the climate movement has ever seen. Over 600 organizations are pitching in to organize this event, from local labor unions to environmental justice groups to faith groups to international NGOs. Detailed information, including bus travel sign-up can be found here.
To get inspired for the PCM, there’s a special event that's happening on August 22 in Boston. The People's Climate Tour (Boston stop) will be an inspiring night of stories & lessons from local leaders involved with the march planning, as well as a chance to get charged up for the challenge before us. Please share this invitation with your congregation:
WHEN: Friday, August 22nd, 7:00 PM
WHERE: Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St, Boston, MA
Speakers for the Boston tour stop will include:
- Bill McKibben - author, educator, environmentalist, co-founder of 350.org
- Vanessa Rule - Co-Director of Mothers Out Front, co-founder of Better Future Project
- Koreti Mavaega Tiumalu - Pacific Islands Climate Warrior Campaigner
- Sandra Steingraber - Biologist, author, and science advisor for Americans Against Fracking
- Varshini Prakash - UMass Amherst student, Board Member at Responsible Endowments Coalition and Divestment Student Network
- John Kassel - President, Conservation Law Foundation
- Musical guests: Melodeego w/ Zo Tobi and Tem Blessed!
- And more!
While many of us are on vacation at the moment, it’s not too early to begin making plans. I would urge each of our congregations to begin to talk about making a commitment to send a delegation from your congregation to be present at this important event – AND consider focusing your 9/21 worship service (back in Massachusetts) on climate and God’s call for people of faith to provide leadership to restore God’s creation.
Jim Antal is a denominational leader, activist and public theologian. He led the 360 churches of the Massachusetts Conference United Church of Christ from 2006 to his retirement in 2018. An environmental activist from the first Earth Day in 1970, ...