March for climate justice

A crowd several hundred thousand strong is expected to flood Washington, DC this Saturday.

Following on the heels of the March for Science on Earth Day, a crowd several hundred thousand strong is expected to flood Washington, DC this Saturday for the People’s Climate March, a rallying point to push the US government to take global warming seriously.

DC often gets referred to as “the swamp” and I can promise you that’s becoming more and more accurate with each passing year—but not necessarily for the reason you’re imagining. Stepping outside here in the summer can feel like you’ve been dropped into a bath of hot gravy, and with temperatures expected to reach the 90s this weekend (remember, it’s not even May yet) it’s getting hard to ignore the thermal reality: 2016 was the hottest year on record, as was 2015 before it—in fact, 16 of the hottest 17 years in recorded history have occurred since 2001.

The steady climb of record temps has spelled catastrophe for wildlife ranging from polar bears to coral. It also spreads human suffering, and poor communities too often bear the heaviest weight of drought, wildfires, sea level rise and other worsening climate conditions.

The marchers expect to sweat on Saturday, but it will be worth it if the event helps shine a light on how much public support there is for renewable energy and environmental justice.

Leonardo DiCaprio, an IFAW Honorary Board Member and long-time climate advocate, will be taking part in the demonstrations. 

Sister marches are happening in numerous other cities, so if you can’t make it to the Capitol, find an event near you!


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