On Wednesday, October 1, about a hundred people — plus Elmo, Big BIrd and The Count — joined us outside the offices of WGBH to call for the removal of climate denier David Koch from their Board of Trustees. It was an impressive crowd despite the rain, and earned great coverage from The Boston Herald, The Boston Herald (again), WGBH, and WGBH (again). We’ll be keeping the heat on WGBH along with our partners at Forecast the Facts, so stay tuned for updates — and let us know if you have ideas for the campaign!
Five days later, we’re still awed by the beauty and size of the People’s Climate March. It was a landmark moment for the climate movement, and it’s clear that we played a pivotal role. Better Future Project / 350 Massachusetts sent a total of 31 buses — according to the PCM organizers, that’s more than any other state-level or regional group. Huge kudos to all of the 350MAers who spent countless hours working to make the march a reality!
We had great media coverage in Massachusetts — check out stories about the march and our participation from The Boston Globe, WBUR, The Berkshire Eagle (and The Berkshire Eagle again!), Boston.com, The Concord Journal, and The Providence Journal!
You can find thousands of additional photos, videos, and media hits from major national outlets on the official People’s Climate March page!
WOW. Initial estimate from the People’s Climate March organizers: 310,000 people — including literally thousands of MA residents — just marched through New York to demand climate justice! Today was the largest climate march in history…by far. And we’re just getting started. THANK YOU to everyone who made this possible. Check out photos and updates from the scene on Twitter: @BetterFuturePro and @350Mass!
To stay connected to our organizing efforts, join our text messaging system — you’ll receive occasional text messages with updates about the march. To join, use your cell phone to text @PCM350MA in the text message box to the number 23559. These are 350MA-specific updates, so they’re different from the national text message updates.
We have a 350MA meet up location, which is at the Museum of Natural History, specifically on 81st St West in between Central Park West and Columbus Ave. The approximate address is 35W 81st St., New York NY. We will be officially meeting at this location from 11am-11:30am, so if you didn’t come on the bus, find us there then for a massive 350MA photo. This location is right along the march line up zone, so after the photo, follow our instructions to head to the line up zone along Central Park West. We will try to get in block 3 (We Have Solutions), which lines up from 72nd-77th St., but because of the massive scale, we may be in another section. Follow the text updates!
We will march for approximately 3 miles to the end location of south and west of 11th Ave. and 34th St. We will try to stay as a group, but keep in mind that it will be hectic. Enjoy the energy and go with the flow, and check your phone from time to time for 350MA updates on where we are. I will send one approximately every 15 minutes.
The march is being led by frontline communities and indigenous groups from around the continent and the world, who are many of the first victims of climate change, and at 12:58, we’re having a moment of silence to honor those on the front lines. When you see people start linking hands above their heads, that’s the sign the moment of silence is beginning.
Also, please text “ALARM” to the number 97779. By doing this, you will receive a reminder about the moment of silence.
At 1:00pm we are going to end that moment of silence with a great, big noise—sounding the climate alarm that has gone ignored for too long. You’ll know it’s time to ring that alarm and make as much noise as you can when you hear 32 marching bands blowing their horns and church bells ring from around the city (so bring your own noisemakers).
Don’t pack too much and remember to bring light layers, water, and food for the day. Remember your fully charged phone! There will be hundreds of thousands of people there. Be careful, be relaxed, and have fun!
If You Are Riding on a Bus with 350MA:
We want to make sure you have all the information you need for Sunday’s trip to NYC! Please do three things:
1. Check out our 350MA specific packing list to make sure you have everything you need.
2. Print out your Eventbrite ticket. On your ticket, it may say the event is either one or two days, which may not match the ticket you bought. Ignore that and just double check your ticket type, that’s what matters.
3. Please check out the final details about the departure of YOUR bus by clicking on the appropriate link below:
4. Please join our text messaging system — you’ll receive text messages with vital updates on the day of the march. To join, text “@PCM350MA” in the text message box to the number 23559 (note: these are 350MA-specific updates, so they are not the same as the national text updates).
If You Do NOT Have a Bus Ticket Yet:
All THIRTY-ONE (!) of our buses are currently sold out, and we have 500+ people on the waitlist, so we are recommending that people pursue other options. You can see a rideshare board at the bottom of this page, and this Google Doc has some great Plan B options compiled by fellow 350MAers (note that anyone can contribute to this list!). We’re also suggesting Amtrak, Megabus, Greyhound, etc, etc!
We can’t wait to see you in NYC. To make sure everything runs smoothly, please join our text messaging system — you’ll receive text messages with vital updates on the day of the march. To join, text “@PCM350MA” in the text message box to the number 23559 (note: these are 350MA-specific updates, so they are not the same as the national text updates).
We’ll see you in New York!
When they go to trial on September 8 and 9, they will seek to use a necessity defense to argue that they were defending their lives from the imminent threat of climate change. James Hansen and Bill McKibben, among other expert witnesses, are being called to testify.
Can you join Ken and Jay in the courthouse to show solidarity and support? RSVP here!
WHAT: Trial for Ken and Jay, the lobster boat blockaders
WHEN: Monday, September 8 and Tuesday, September 9
WHERE: Fall River District Court, 186 S Main Street, Fall River, MA
- We’re bringing hundreds of Bay Staters to New York City for the People’s Climate March!
- You can buy your tickets here: http://bit.ly/1jW0UL2
- For the most up-to-date information on bus departure times and locations, please go to the ticket purchasing page: http://bit.ly/1jW0UL2
- In order to coordinate with all 350MA-ers before and during the People’s Climate March, we will be sending periodic updates to all bus registrants. If you’re planning to make your own way to the march, but you want to stay updated on 350MA’s plans, you can fill out this form to receive the updates.
- There will also be a mass texting system with updates, locations, and reminders before and day of the march. To sign up for that, text @PCM350MA to 23559.
- Are you interested in helping with outreach and recruitment leading up the march, and then checking people in on the day of? Sign up to volunteer here! We’re especially in need of bus captains in Worcester, Boston, Cambridge, and Amherst.
- Help us pay the full cost of the buses by making a donation through the Better Future Project donation page!
- Spread the word! Download our quarter-page flyers to let people know about the People’s Climate March and transportation options from Massachusetts.
Join us at any one of our scheduled art builds to create posters, banners, wearable art, noise makers, and more for the People’s Climate March!
What to bring: (whatever you can from this list): arts and crafts supplies of all kinds, old umbrellas, scissors, large markers, paints & paint brushes, latex wall, poster paint, bed sheets, hats, tin pie plates, stapler & staples, poster board, mat board, cardboard, dowels, bambou garden stakes, cardboard tubing, straight pins, ribbon, string, rope, twine, tape, sponges, rags, drop clothes, tarps, plastic buckets, aprons, razor cutters.
UPDATE: You can now check out the latest listing of scheduled MA art builds (plus other lead-up events!) here.