People’s Climate March, Sunday 9/21 at 12:30 at SD City Hall

Jim Mahler
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 5:44 PM

Dear Colleagues,

This coming Sunday, September 21st, is the People’s Climate March in New York City, here in San Diego, and elsewhere around the world.

The organizers hope that it will be “an unprecedented citizen mobilization” occurring “[a]s world leaders meet at the United Nations climate change summit” while marchers demand “the world we know is within our reach: a world with an economy that works for people and the planet; a world safe from the ravages of climate change; a world with good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities. . . . Other marches will take place around the world as we collectively call on our leaders to act on climate change.”

More specifically, according to the organizers in San Diego, the march is happening to “call for solutions that work for people and the planet – a rapid transition from fossil fuels to renewables and energy efficiency, and a just and sustainable economy. We will press our elected leaders to implement a strong Climate Action Plan for San Diego; develop sustainable water policies; build affordable mass transit and facilitate healthy communities; and support green jobs and clean energy.”

Your AFT has endorsed this march and we invite you to join our contingent here.  We will gather at 
City Hall at 12:30 to call for a strong Climate Action Plan, stop at the American Plaza / Santa Fe Station to highlight transportation alternatives, and end at the County Administration Building Park, where marchers will hear from local leaders. For more information, go to  San Diego 350.

If you would like to meet up at the march and/or join us as we continue to work with SD350 to educate our students and the community on this issue, contact AFT Political Action VP, Jim Miller at  Our hope is to sponsor forums and/or other activities in the coming months to follow up on the awareness the march hopes to raise.  

As AFT member and Grossmont College biology professor Gary Waayers puts it, “
The choice is clear: a) Keep burning fossil fuels at the pace we are with no real plan to transition to renewables or b) Begin now a planned transition to renewables.  Choice A brings on catastrophic Climate Change according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).  Choice B may allow the planet to avoid catastrophic Climate Change according to the IPCC.  Your students should be aware of the choice and add their voices in support of one choice or the other.”

To read more on the march and some ideas about this project, 
click here to see AFT’s Jim Miller and Kelly Mayhew’s piece in the San Diego Free Press.

In Unity,
Jim Mahler, President
AFT Guild, Local 1931

San Diego & Grossmont-Cuyamaca

Community Colleges