cincy climate march FAQ

What is the People’s Climate Movement?

The People’s Climate Movement is a project of dozens of organizations working together to solve the climate crisis. It started with the historic People’s Climate March on the eve of the UN Climate Summit in September 2014 when 400,000 people from every walk of life marched through the streets of New York City demanding climate action. You can read more about our history here.

What is the People’s Climate Rally – Cincinnati?

In solidarity with the National People’s Climate March in DC, the People’s Climate Rally – Cincinnati is the sister event at the local level on April 29th to express concerns about climate change, environmental protection, biodiversity loss, national park protection, etc. under the current President’s administration. This is our chance to voice these concerns to our President in the hopes that he will reevaluate his stance on the protection of our environment, public conservatory lands, endangered species, water quality, and air quality, etc.

Climate impacts people globally and climate justice affects us all.  Even if the federal government isn’t promoting solutions to climate change, we can do so at the state and local level.

The Cincinnati RALLY will start at noon!  Music will begin at 11:30 and there will be bands after the speakers.

RSVP to attend here!  You don’t have to register to attend but it helps with our permits and logistics if you do!

What organizations are involved in planning the Rally event in Cincinnati?

think BIG strategies, Carla Walker
Sierra Club Miami Group, Marilyn Wall & Sandy Wood
For Our Future Fund, Chandra Yungbluth
Ohio Citizen Action, Melissa English
Congress for the New Urbanism, Jocelyn Gibson
Citizens Climate Lobby, Debbie Potochnik, Doug Bell, Chris Heckman
Rebecca Surendorff
Lynn Fields
Michele Young
and other volunteers!!

How can my organization get involved?

The People’s Climate Movement is a project of dozens of organizations working together to solve the climate crisis. Your organization can be a part of the People’s Climate Rally – Cincinnati event by emailing us.

Do you have a Facebook event?

Absolutely! You can find it here! Click here to RSVP and invite your friends!

This sounds great — where can I sign up to volunteer?

There are lots of ways to support the march — the first step is to sign up on the volunteer form. Click here to sign up to volunteer, and we’ll follow up with more information!

Why are you organizing a rally, and why on April 29th?

At the end of April, Donald Trump will have been in office for 100 days. We plan to mark that day with a rally in Cincinnati as part of a national demonstration that shows that our resistance is not going to wane or fade away.

So far, our resistance has been beautiful — and it’s beautiful because at its heart is a vision of a future that inspires us and gives us hope. It’s a vision that protects our families, our communities, and our climate. Most importantly, it’s a vision that we are building together.

The People’s Climate Movement is another part of that resistance. Join us in April, and let’s make it clear that our resistance is here to stay.

What’s the difference between the People’s Climate Rally and the March for Science?

The election of Donald Trump has sparked an unprecedented outpouring of public mobilization across the United States and around the world. From the Women’s March to rallies against the Muslim Ban, people are finding creative and powerful ways to take action in Washington, D.C. and across the country to resist Trump and fight for the world they want.

Long before the election, the People’s Climate Movement, a coalition of groups that came together around the first People’s Climate March in 2014, started planning for a mass mobilization on April 29th focused on themes of climate, jobs and justice. We picked that date because it was the 100th day of the new administration, a good time to look back at what they had done and what needed to happen next.

After the election of Donald Trump, our mission became even more clear. We needed a mass mobilization to stand up against Trump’s attacks on our climate and communities and fight for a new economy that works for people and planet. We held actions across the country during Trump’s first 100 hours, are continuing to mobilize during his first 100 days, and on the 100th day, April 29th, we will demonstrate in D.C. and towns and cities across the country.

This January, alarmed at the attacks on science by this administration and others, a group of scientists called for a March for Science in Washington, D.C. and across the country. They decided to host the march in conjunction with the Earth Day Network on April 22. In Washington, D.C., activities will include a march, rally and teach-in on the Mall.

Both marches and events are important, and have their own focus — the March for Science is focused on the funding and accessibility of science, while the People’s Climate March is focused on standing up for social, economic, and climate justice. You can read more about our mission and history here.

One last very – very important – difference between the March for Science on the 22nd and the People’s Climate Rally – Cincinnati on April 29th is that the April 29th event will ONLY be a rally at Fountain Square. Organizers have planned for all speaking and activity to occur with the crowd on Fountain Square. There will be no plans to have attendees march or process to another venue. Once the rally is over on Fountain Square, we will ask the participants to disperse, return to their cars, in a peaceful manner

This event and its participants must follow the tenants of our permit and its limits and obey all traffic laws and follow directions from the police and city officials.  This event does not sanction civil disobedience of any kind. Do not march in the street or block the sidewalk.

If you have a medical emergency or need assistance of that nature call 911.

This is a family friendly event.

Why don’t you just combine the events?

While climate change is a top issue for many March for Science organizers (and their sister March events around the country), The March for Science strives to be non-political. The People’s Climate Movement, however, believes strongly in the need to call out the politicians who threaten our climate, communities, and jobs, and put forward an alternative vision for an economy that works for people and planet. The People’s Climate Movement cares deeply about science — but social, economic, and climate justice are the heart of our work.

Ultimately, the two events complement each other. On April 22, the March for Science will stand up for science and help educate the public (and all of us!) about the threat of climate change. For the next week, organizers of the People’s Climate March in Washington, D.C.  will drive media attention to advocate for climate, jobs and justice. And then on April 29th, the week will culminate in the massive People’s Climate Mobilization where hundreds of thousands of people will step into the streets together to put forward our own vision that works for our communities and the climate – both in DC and at sister events around the country.

Educate, organize, mobilize. It’s a path forward for all of us who care about our communities, climate, and the future we need to build together.

What should I do if I want to attend the March for Science-Cincinnati on April 22 and the People’s Climate Rally-Cincinnati on April 29? The short answer.

If you are in Cincinnati on both the 22nd and the 29th, we encourage you to attend both!

Where can I donate to support the rally?

You can donate to the march by clicking here. Thanks for your support! It goes a long way towards making sure that April 29th is as powerful as possible.

Some logistics stuff about the day of the April 29th Rally:

Where can I park?

There are numerous parking lots, garages and meters around Fountain Square. The best way to check for nearby parking is to download the parking app: bestparking.com.  You can also take metro or the streetcar. Carpooling is an environmentally friendly option, too.

Can I bring a sign?

Do bring a sign.  (Walking on the sidewalk with a sign is legal, just be sure that you don’t block the sidewalk, jaywalk or interfere with traffic while coming to or leaving the event.)

Bring water in a re-useable container and any snacks in a re-useable container.  We encourage making this a recyclable, zero waste event!

My question isn’t answered here! What do I do?

No worries! Send us an email with your question, and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.