The Great March for Climate Action (text and links)


in Pennsylvania and Ohio!


Time to take a moment out of resisting fracking and get organized for marching across America and demanding action on global warming and climate change.


Please spread this message widely. It tells you what the “The Great March for Climate Action” is and how you can get involved with it.


The Great March for Climate Action

The goal of the Great March for Climate Action is to change the heart and mind of the American people, our elected leaders and people across the world into acting now to address the climate crisis.


It will be coming through Ohio and Pennsylvania October 4 though October 27, 2014. It steps off from Los Angeles, CA on March 1, 2014. So if you think you want to march the entire way it’s time to start getting in shape. If you think you can march part of the way or can provide local support to the marchers, then take a look at when and where it will be coming near where we live.


Why get involved with the Great March?


One reason is offered by comedian and activist Lee Camp – marcher and endorser of the Great March for Climate Action:


“You know what’s so magical about this march? Whether it changes everything or only has a small impact, if you’re a part of it, you will be talking about it the rest of your life. There aren’t many activities you can say that for.”


We know we are slowly destroying our beautiful Mother Earth and threatening all life upon it by our continued and escalating use of fossil fuels as the basis of modern life and our extravagant energy consumption.


We know we need a paradigm shift so that we can come to understand ourselves as part of Nature, not lords over Nature.  


We know fracking is part of accelerating climate change.


And we know that many of our fellow citizens are still being misled and confused by those in high places who deny climate change.


So what can we do?


Here’s one thing we can do. March across America in 2014 and reach hundreds of thousands of Americans with a message that action is needed – Now! – to divest ourselves of fossil fuels and move toward a future that sustains life on Earth with new and renewable sources of energy.


Here’s another thing that needs doing: PUT DIFFERENT PEOPLE IN HIGH PLACES OF POLITICAL LEADERSHIP! Next year is an election year and time for a change at local, state and national levels. This march will generate stories in every town across America through which it passes. Every stop along the way it will hold accountable those who are running for office and put pressure on them to say what they will be doing to combat climate change.


Look again at where the Great March is coming and ask: “What can I do to help?” “Can I take a day or two or even a week to march?” “Can my church provide some meals or lodging?” “Can my farm offer a campsite and a welcoming meal?” There are endless ways to help. 


This march is also a time for our messages about fracking, in solidarity with all who march for climate action. Let’s make sure the march goes by some well pads or compressor stations.


If nothing else, help this march to happen with a donation of any size. Donations of any amount are welcome:  


So, please, spread this message wherever you can, through your grassroots organizations and email lists. We need word of the Great March for Climate Action to reach across Pennsylvania and Ohio.


Please contact me if you want to know more. I will be taking a week next Fall to walk with the Great March. 


J. Stephen Cleghorn, PhD

(Please email me if you are distributing this message through your network)

About jstephencleghorn

My name is Dr. J. Stephen Cleghorn. I am now a resident of Baltimore, MD. I continue to own a 50-acre certified organic farm in Jefferson County, PA that I operated with my late wife Lucinda between 2005 and 2011 when she passed away from cancer. The farm is now under lease to organic farmers and protected by "The Dr. Lucinda Hart-Gonzalez Conservation Easement” which protects it for organic agriculture and against the threats of industrial development that would violate the Rights of Nature. The blog’s name is taken from the writings of Saint Augustine who believed “Hope” to be the greatest of spiritual gifts. And, says Saint Augustine, Hope has two lovely daughters: Anger and Courage. Anger so that what must not be may not be; courage so that what should be can be. Anger and Courage. Now in late 2016, after the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States, these are the spiritual gifts that must come to the fore if we are to have “Hope” for a loving culture and a sustainable world for future generations. When I first created this blog it was focused on the extreme form of fossil fuel extraction known as “fracking” that was threatening much of the state of Pennsylvania and many other parts of the United States. At the root of that struggle was and is a struggle to halt and reverse climate change. Now the struggle has turned to resisting an incoming Trump Administration that is an existential threat to the climate with its plans to ramp up extraction and use of fossil fuels. This blog will be about having the courage to stand up to the massive global corporations that would ruin our planet and its climate, take their profits and leave the mess to future generations of to clean up. We need to rise up, my friends, and be not afraid.
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