Sunday was big - the Peoples Climate March drew a crowd near 400,000 impassioned people in New York City . I was lucky to join my friends and their daughter with my son - we were all amazed at the crowd.
About a month ago, I told my son I wanted to take him to this event, he asked 'What difference will it make, people marching?' I reminded him of the March on Washington and of the voice of Rosa Parks, the Protests for Peace against the Vietnam War and the voice of Harvey Milk. All those movements impacted history - though we still struggle through them - and all of them created a tide for change. Change is good and though our planet doesn't speak our words, it shows us just how detrimental the affects of Climate Change, really are. All of those who marched before us, gave us a better, more tolerant, accepting world to grow in. I told him too that both he and I and everyone we knew, were beneficiaries of the positive affects of change.
He was convinced. He was excited. He wanted to make change. He joined the Model UN club at school.
I've never considered myself an activist but I've been considered a strong voice; I am passionate in believing we have an obligation to teach our children how to speak their voice to incite change and stand up for our beliefs and rights; especially in regards to caring for our planet. It doesn't take much and many single voices equals many, and many can make a positive impact towards change. Nothing is overnight and everything is a process, but the more we speak, the better our chances of being heard.
At the march, there were some strong voices; 'if its melted, its ruined', 'there is no Planet B', 'Global Warming is a National Security Threat' and more. However, the one that affected me most deeply was the elderly couple who's simple sign read 'we took the train from Los Angeles'....it was that important to them to be there, to be heard, to be part of making change.