Center for Biological Diversity

For Immediate Release, August 25, 2014

Contact: Valerie Love, (510) 274-9713

Ministers, Buddhist Nuns, Activists Join Cross-country Train Ride Bound for
Historic NY Climate March

EMERYVILLE, Calif.— More than 170 people — including nuns, ministers, tribal leaders, students and activists — will take a cross-country trip next month to the largest demonstration in the history of the climate movement. The first-ever People’s Climate Train, organized by the Center for Biological Diversity, will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will include workshops, discussions, activist trainings and a look at some of America’s lands most threatened by the climate crisis.

“Americans from all walks of life are deeply concerned about how global warming will affect people and the places they live,” said the Center’s Valerie Love. “The People’s Climate Train will be an unforgettable experience for riders on their way to join thousands of others at a historic rally to finally turn the corner on the climate crisis.”

Most of the riders will board the Amtrak in Emeryville, Calif., on Sept. 15 and arrive in New York City on Sept. 18 in time for the People’s Climate March. The train will stop and pick up more climate riders in Reno, Denver, Salt Lake City, Omaha and Chicago, and pass through landscapes threatened by drought, devastating weather, fossil fuel development, pollution and the Keystone XL pipeline.

Sponsors of the train include Global Exchange, Buddhist Global Relief,, Sierra Club, Avaaz, Idle No More Bay Area, Citizen’s Climate Lobby, Breakthrough Communities Urban Tilth, Communities for a Better Environment, and other regional grassroots groups.

“I'm a Buddhist nun and a grandmother. I'll be in coach on the People's Climate Train for four days and three nights to get there, and I'm so glad I have this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Sister Santussika. “The People’s Climate March is the best opportunity yet to make a difference for the future of all our children and grandchildren and all living beings on Earth.”

“I am part of a group of young activists striving to create large impacts in social justice movements, and this is a fantastic place to make more connections, get advice, get training, and continue networking for activism far into the future,” said Aaron Kratzer, a student at Oregon State University.

Thousands of people will converge in New York City for the People's Climate March on Sept. 21.

“Global leaders simply aren’t doing what’s needed to take on this crisis, so in September the people’s voices will be heard,” Love said. “Future generations deserve the promise of a world that’s livable, and we’re fighting to keep that promise.”

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