For Immediate Release:
September 03, 2014
Press Contact: Mark Westlund
Sierra Club Calls on University and College Students
to Join the People’s Climate March
Students Nationwide Joining Largest Environmental March in Global History
SAN FRANCISCO, CA –The Sierra Student Coalition, the youth arm of the Sierra Club, announced today that they are calling on students to join in the People’s Climate March in New York City, Sunday, September 21. The march will be staged in advance of the UN Climate Summit to be held on Wednesday, September 23 and is expected to be the largest climate march in history.
Leaders from around the world will be attending the summit with the expectation that this will lead to more serious attention to address global climate change. They’ll be met by students, members and volunteers from the Sierra Club who will join a coalition of close to 800 environmental, labor, and civil rights organizations that will march in New York to demand these leaders do more to halt climate disruption.
“This next generation is often characterized as the last one that can make a difference in climate change, and the march is an opportunity to tip the climate movement in favor of making that a reality,” stated Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club. “We’re asking students to march with us to show that this is an issue that affects all of us now and the only way to ensure it’s not a future problem is to start solving it now.”
Students who join in the march will have an opportunity to meet and work with other students at the Youth Convergence set up from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 20th at Martin Luther King Education Campus, 122 Amsterdam Avenue between West 65th and 66th Streets. Different organizations, including the Sierra Club, 350.org, the NEC, and the Green Schools Alliance, will be conducting workshops and seminars on different environmental and social justice-related topics.
Youth Convergence organizers say the purpose is to create a space for young people from across the climate justice movement to come together to learn from others in the movement and prepare for the People’s Climate March the following day.
Buses are being organized to bring participants to New York from various points outside of the city. More information about the buses and how students can get involved with the Youth Convergence and the People’s Climate March can be found here http://ssc.org/PCM