For Immediate Release, September 17, 2014
Contact: Valerie Love, (510) 274-9713
People's Climate Train Stops in Chicago En Route to Historic Climate March in NYC
CHICAGO— The People’s Climate Train — carrying more than 100 nuns, ministers, tribal leaders, teachers, students and other climate activists — stopped in Chicago today as part of a four-day cross-country trip en route to the largest demonstration in the history of the climate movement.
The train, organized by the Center for Biological Diversity, includes workshops, discussions and activist trainings as the train passes through some of America’s lands most threatened by the climate crisis.
“It’s really inspiring to see so many people aboard this train united in a call for action on global warming,” said the Center’s Valerie Love. “We’re having a blast but know that this an urgent mission: the climate crisis will touch every corner of this country and, if we don’t act soon, we’re condemning ourselves to more heat waves, more rising seas, more disastrous storms. We have a chance to change the course of history — that’s what this train is all about.”
All told, the People’s Climate Train is carrying about 170 people. Most boarded the Amtrak on Monday in Emeryville, Calif. The train picked up more climate riders in Reno, Denver, Salt Lake City, Omaha and Chicago. The train arrives in New York on Thursday.
The People’s Climate Rally, which will include thousands of people from around the country, will be Sunday, Sept. 21.
Sponsors of the train include Global Exchange, Buddhist Global Relief, 350.org, 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.