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Historic March to Protect our Planet (USA)
an article by Roberta Paro, Chairwoman, CT Chapter of Sierra Club

I am inviting you to participate in the People's Climate March being planned for Sunday, September 21 in New York City. I am also asking you to invite five other people to join you at this historic march to protect the environment.



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" As part of a global effort to mobilize action and ambition on climate change, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is inviting Heads of State and Government along with business, finance, civil society and local leaders to a Climate Summit in September 2014, New York". The People's Climate March is being planned as a show of support for those world leaders who are willing to take considerable political risks to protect the environment from the effects of climate disruption. The Sierra Club will be working with many other allied organizations both in and beyond the environmental community to bring 100,000 people to New York City and show our strong support for curbing the worst effects of climate disruption, and to grow the movement for clean energy solutions that will accelerate the clean energy economy to create good jobs.

To reach our goal of 100,000 people in the People's Climate March requires leadership. Leaders take initiative to make things happen. I need each of you to lead your friends, family, and co-workers to participate in this march.

Before you invite them to join you in NYC, you may want to ask them what they think about the environment. I have been doing this recently and those people who are willing to talk about the environment are both scared and discouraged about the future. They have many thoughts about the environment but have not had a chance to talk about their thoughts and are not yet connected to an organization like the Sierra Club, that would allow them to take action on something they care about.

As a leader you will need to provide confidence and hope by telling the people you know that they can make a difference by going to the People's Climate March with you. If you are a leader in any organization, you can get the people you know in that organization to talk about the environment and then invite them to join you in going to NYC on September 21 for the People's Climate March.

John Calandrelli, our Program Manager, will be managing this event for the Connecticut Chapter and you can contact him here if you are willing to do the work of organizing people for this March. Web sites, Twitter, Facebook, and email are good for letting people know what is going on, but it is the personal invitation from you that will make the difference.

Thank you for being a leader.

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How can we encourage people to care for the environment?,

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LATEST READER COMMENT:

Nature is fascinating! Children are walking, or crawling, sponges--starting from scratch--and that's the right time to input the right stuff.
So talk about birds. They are always visible and audible. They call each other, listen to what they are saying. Cheerilee, dee dee, caw caw, and which beautiful songs come from which birds. They are perfect pilots, they swoop and dive and do barrel rolls and never have an accident (unless we do something stupid). Crows marry for as long as they live.
Youngsters' interest is easily piqued but parents have the responsibility to do it (so they might bone up on nature). . ...more.


This report was posted on July 4, 2014.