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People's Climate March, A Peaceful Demonstration For Our Earth

May 05, 2017 09:56PM ● By Linda Heath

People's Climate March, A Peaceful Demonstration For Our Earth. Thousands Of Concerned People Came Out To Express Their Concern For Climate Changes And Their Effects On Our Environment.A very large group of people came out in force to express their concern for the planet and to present ways to help.  

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The signs the Marchers held expressed sadness, anger, hope and demands for resolution to the effects of Climate Change.  The enthusiasm of the crowd was contagious and all were focused on the issue.  The joint energy carried through the March and spread to the people on the sidelines offering support and voice to the protests.

There were numerous organizations and companies who offered information and ideas and services to help mediate Climate Change and improve the environment in general.  Some of those present were providing information about water wastage, sustainable gardens and energy sources, alternative energy, solar, saving animals and the environment, eliminating carbon footprint, no waste San Diego, composting, recycling and reuse, and repair and many more.  There were many speakers and presenters, and performances, by a choir, music by a DJ, even a Dance by the Barona Tribe of the  Kumyaay Nation to save the earth,  There are links to other articles and information below.  It was a wonderful outpouring by residents of San Diego County and a wonderful March for our earth! 


The People’s Climate March San Diego will take place at Waterfront Park, 1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA 92101. We will meet at the County Administration Building steps on the west side at 10am. Live music, a Native American ceremony, and a Kid’s Zone with games and facepainting will be featured. Opening music, speeches and calls to action will be followed by a short loop march, and then we will regroup at the park afterward to complete the program. All times are approximate. Information on getting to the event and the route are here.

10:00 am

·         Welcome and Introduction, with MCs Rev. Dr. Beth Johnson, Palomar Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and Eryn Wilson, Alliance San Diego

·         Music by the Peace and Freedom Chorus, with choir leader Marshall Voit and Peggy Watson

10:15 am

·         Opening blessing and comments by Bobby Wallace of the Barona Band of Mission Indians of the Kumeyaay Nation

·         California State Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher

·         Professor Jeff Severinghaus, Scripps Institution of Oceanography 

·         Professor Jim Miller, American Federation of Teachers, Labor Council Environmental Caucus, and City College

·         SDSU Environmental Engineering student Willow Lark and UC San Diego student Mukta Kelkar

11:00 am

·         1-mile loop march (see route here) led by student contingent and featuring puppets, sunflowers, butterflies and more

·         Music by Veracruz Blues

11:50 am

·         Music by Veracruz Blues

·         Senior Pastor Rev. J. Lee Hill, Jr., Community Congregational Church, United Church of Christ

·         Dan Sullivan, President and Founder of Sullivan Solar Power

·         Esperanza Miranda, City Heights community member and Environmental Justice Promotora with Environmental Health Coalition

·         San Diego City Council Member David Alvarez

12:25 pm

·         Closing ceremony by Grupo Quetzalhuitzilin de san diego

10 am – 2 pm (throughout the event)

Activities in the park throughout the event include:

·         Kid zone – activites for children, by the playground and water activities

·         Tables – partner organizations will have information about their work and how you can get involved

·         Sign contest with student judges (after the program ends, around 12:45 pm)

·         Puppet display (by the San Diego Puppet Insurgency)

·         Additional performances

Linda Heath, Senior Reporter and Associate Editor,


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