All systems are go for Saturday!!! It will be a power experience and I’m so glad that you have made the commitment to be a part of it!
First thing, remember that we are expecting A LOT of people so if you want to march with a certain contingent, you have to get there really early! With so many people in one place there will be delays, changes, etc. Remember, be flexible, positive, and have a great time!
In case you missed it, I’ve attached the information packet sent out earlier in the week that has additional details, maps, etc.
THE PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MARCH CODE OF CONDUCT
Agreed to by the People’s Climate March Host Committee on July 17, 2014.
To encourage the broadest and most diverse involvement possible, to respect our many communities and the important issues we are supporting, to help create a family-friendly mobilization and to help ensure the safety of all participants, we expect everyone taking part in the People’s Climate March on Sept. 21, 2014 to respect the following agreements:
- We will use no violence (physical or verbal) towards any person.
- We will not destroy or damage property.
- We will promote a tone of respect, honesty, transparency, and accountability in our actions.
- We will not carry anything that can be construed as a weapon, nor possess (or consume) any alcohol or drugs.
- We will all hold each other accountable to respecting these agreements.
Liability Waivers. All participants on Sierra Club outings are required to sign a standard liability waiver. If you would like to read the liability waiver before you choose to participate in an outing, download a copy at http://charlottesierraclub.files.wordpress.com/2009/02/signinwaiver-with-photo-release.pdf.
Pre-sign in. Thanks to everyone that has completed the rider information! This will make the registration much quicker. If you haven’t done so please go to Charlotte People’s Climate March Bus #2 Rider information .
Manhattan Weather Forecast on Sunday – Check Saturday at – http://www.weather.com/weather/weekend/USKS0358
Low 54/High 83. Sunny. Chance of rain 10%.
At Home Prep
Make your signs, banner, etc. Make a costume. Be creative!
Practice your musical instrument and noise makers (Yes, they are welcomed)
Make or buy some goodies to share on the bus.
What to bring
Travel light but bring anything you’ll need to make you feel comfortable, safe and ready to march.
Money for meals (Sunday breakfast/lunch/dinner), t-shirts, etc.
For sleeping on the bus – light blanket, small pillow, ear plugs (stored in small bag)
Pad and pen
Bring food – Sunday lunch, snacks, fruit bars, etc.
Water Bottle: Plenty of filtered water on the bus
Signs and banners but NO metal or wood sticks
A sense of humor and compassion
What not to bring
wood, metal or PVC poles
amplified sound systems
Our bus. Horizon Coach Lines of Charlotte is our carrier. It will be the same bus up and back. You can leave things on the bus but Horizon nor the Sierra Club will be responsible for your items. The bus has a bathroom but no WiFi or seat power outlets. NOTE: There will be 3 buses leaving from the same area on Saturday. Be sure to get on the right bus!
Meet at 5500 Executive Center Drive at 7:30pm on Saturday the 20th
Depart Charlotte at 8pm!
We will stop outside of NYC for a quick breakfast and allow folks to change and store their gear under the bus.
Arrive in NYC abut 9:00 AM: Drop off on 86th Street between Columbus Ave and Central Park West
The march will line up between 86th and 59th on Central Park West, just north of Columbus Circle. You can enter at Central Park West and 77th St. to join the Sierra Club in the “We Have Solutions” contingent. Greenpeace will be lining up between W 81st St.and W 82nd St. on Central Park West with the Arctic Contingent.
11:30 – 3:30 Participate in the march
3:30 – 5:00 After-march activities
5:00 pm depart march and make way to pick-up location near the bus. Our allotted parking block which will be south and west of 11th Ave. and 34th St. Plan to be at the bus by 5:30 PM. We will be leaving NYC at 6:00 PM.
Arrive in Charlotte at 5500 Executive Center Drive around 6am on Monday, the 22nd
People’s Climate March Lineup
Today’s climate movement is different from the one of decades past, and we want to make sure the People’s Climate March tells the story of today’s climate movement. To make that happen, we’re trying something new and arranging the contingents of the march in a way that helps us thread our many messages together. There will be six themes by which different contingents can group themselves. If you would like to join a specific contingent, we urge you to arrive early. Once city blocks fill up, you will be asked to join the march at 86th street. We ask people to be flexible, as this plan is subject to change. The march is going to be great wherever you are! No matter where you line up, you will have an amazing time! For details of the entire lineup, see http://peoplesclimate.org/lineup/.
Sierra Club “We Have Solutions” pre-assembly mini-rally
Sierra Club will be hosting a mini-rally for those gathering in the “We Have Solutions” theme before the PCM steps off. We encourage Sierra Club members, supporters, volunteers and staff to join us on Central Park West at 72nd St between 9:00 – 10:45am to get signs, stickers, buttons and to hear from some exciting speakers around 11:00am (tba). This will also be a great time to network with fellow activists from other states! The best way to get to the min-rally will be from 77th St to Central Park West.
Unifying Moment during the PCM
At 12:58pm, the People’s Climate March will halt and have a moment of silence for those that have been affected by the Climate Crisis. We are asking all participants to set their cell phone to vibrate at 12:58pm to signal the beginning of the moment of silence. After two minutes of silence, at 1:00pm, the People’s Climate March will SOUND THE ALARM on the Climate Crisis (aka: BRING YOUR NOISEMAKERS!!!) Churchbells will ring throughout the city, while PCM marchers will sound their noisemakers. Bring your whistle, bring your tamborine, bring something to make a lot of noise to help sound the alarm.
End of March: Peoples Block Party
The end of the march will be a Peoples Climate block party! This is a chance for everyone to walk around and visit with other themes. Within each gathering area there will be the big art pieces from the theme, the banner for the theme, chairs for those with accessibility needs, and a lot of people to meet! In addition to the convergence areas, there will also be two stages with music only (no speakers), a marching band performance area, an area of food trucks, the climate ribbon ritual, and an area of port a potties.
Find the most updated information about the day of the march here: peoplesclimate.org/transportation-resources/
Find more logistical information, maps, and routes go here http://peoplesclimate.org/logistics/
There will be Porto-potties and water stations along the march route.
Call or email me if you have questions.