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The experience of the People's Climate March

Dec 11, 2014

Happy to be on our way to the People’s Climate March, our excitement skyrocketed as we arrived at the Poughkeepsie train station for our trip to NYC. Young people, middle age and elderly people all crowded the train with numerous signs and musical instruments. You could feel the excitement in the train car as singers from Clearwater entered and the car rocked to ‘this land is made for you and me.'

 

As we made our way through NYC on our way to the gathering area, the excitement continued as we saw many people with signs. We knew this was going to be a big event. Arriving at the faith-based gathering area, it was wonderful to see people from many, many different faiths (and non-faiths) all concerned with the same thing, climate justice for the world.

 

While waiting to actually march, we connected with new friends who had the same concerns about where the climate is headed and shared our thoughts. Though we had to wait a long time to actually march, knowing it was because the groups marching before us were so large heightened our anticipation.

 

When we finally entered the march singing ‘We are Marching in the Light of God,’ and saw that many more were waiting to follow us, it all come together that this was truly a momentous event. Seeing all the concerned people lining the streets as we walked just added to this feeling. As we walked west on 42nd Street and saw the mainsail of the Sloop Clearwater sailing the Hudson we knew we had done the right thing by participating in the People’s Climate March.

 

Sandra Owen

Redeemer Lutheran Church, Kingston

 

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