On September 22, I was one of nearly 400,000 people from all over the world who took to the streets of New York City to call for action on climate change and to demand climate justice.
It was an inspiring experience. I travelled in a caravan of five buses with social justice groups who are working at the nexus of climate change’s systemic impact on communities: housing, food, community health, worker’s rights, migration, and environmental justice. In total, there were about 30 buses from the Boston area of people and organizations from every sector. More than the sheer size of the march and the unity of voices, I was impressed by the energy and leadership of youth leaders from all over the country.
A central strategy of this march was to tell emerging story of the climate justice movement. The march was organized by contingencies within communities who are directly impacted and bear the unequal burdens of the climate crisis in the front (indigenous people, low income, communities of color). Centralizing the leadership of people directly impacted as the forefront of change and who hold the solutions is what makes possible the change we seek in all of our work!