Youth Activists to begin 266 Mile March to SF to Combat Climate Crisis
Young activists from Sonoma, Kern, and San Diego counties began marching 266 miles from Paradise to San Francisco to pressure Nancy Pelosi and Dianne Feinstein to support an ambitious and equity-focused Civilian Climate Corps. The CCC would employ thousands to combat the climate crisis and is the first piece of implementing a Green New Deal.
Many of the young activists are posting about it on Tik Tok, there is quite a variety of takes:
The weeks-long march kicks off on May 29th in Paradise and will include actions in Santa Rosa, Sacramento, and San Francisco. Seven Sunrise activists are marching, and they’ll be joined by hundreds of supporters—including activists, political leaders and environmental justice groups—along the way. The CA march is occurring in coordination with a 400-mile march across the Gulf South.
The tik toks range from serious to funny, but they will all make you smile. Check out some of the marchers media:
Until Maddie, Ema, and a crew of marchers take off for the trek from Paradise, California, to SF. Pelosi and Feinstein, consider this your official notice: We’re coming for you. And we’re bringing the heat. pic.twitter.com/M89LwzS19F
— Generation on Fire 🔥 (@smvmtgenonfire) May 26, 2021
A march to demand an ambitious and equity-focused Civilian Climate Corps
May 28-29: Paradise/Chico/Oroville
May 30-June 1: Yuba City
June 2-4: Sacramento
June 5-6: Davis/Winters
Jun 7-8: Winters, St. Helena, Napa
Jun 9-10: Santa Rosa
June 11: Petaluma
Jun 12: Novato
Jun 13: Mill Valley
Jun 14: San Francisco
Here’s what the #SunriseYouth had to say about the march in their press release:
It’s no mistake that this march begins in Paradise, CA. The 2018 Camp Fire that devastated Paradise was fueled by a climate crisis that has in turn been fueled by corporate greed and a history of genocide and erasure of CA’s Indigenous people. Sunrise youth activists are marching to demand a CCC that will help Paradise and the rest of CA build back better while building resilience for the fires that have yet to come.
“I’m tired of inaction while watching my city burn. Living in California is terrifying, in the past 4 years alone I’ve had to pack more than ten evacuation bags.” – Madeline Ruddell, Age 16, Sonoma
COVID-19 has left millions of Americans out of work and facing economic insecurity in a meager job market. Already there are more than 150K people living without homes in CA, yet the worsening climate crisis will cause more and more of our neighbors to be displaced by wildfires each year.
There are millions of us looking for good work, and so much that needs to be done. It will take all of us to build a renewable energy grid, restore our parks, and retrofit old buildings as well as carbon-intensive transit infrastructure. A federal jobs guarantee will help end the COVID-19 recession and curb the most disastrous effects of the climate crisis. It’s time for our elected officials to be brave and pass bold legislation in the interest of the people they represent.
“Something needs to be done if we want to avoid living on a dead planet.” – Maricruz Ramirez, 29, Bakersfield
Sunrise youth activists stand alongside hundreds of climate justice activists and youth around the state who are calling on Senator Dianne Feinstein and Speaker Nancy Pelosi to support a robust and equitable Civilian Climate Corps.
“Imagine a world where millions of people, recent high school graduates and middle-aged alike, could work on projects protecting communities from sea-level rise, taking care of the elderly, distributing fresh produce in food deserts, restoring wetlands, and rebuilding after climate disasters, while getting paid a living wage, having access to healthcare, and getting apprenticed to continue their career. That’s the world we are marching for.” – Nikayla Jefferson, march co-organizer
The CA march will stop in a number of cities and towns in northern CA to hold protests, rallies, and visioning sessions with members of those communities. Throughout the march, they will be joined by political leaders, environmental justice groups, and others in support.
“I’m marching because when I’m a mom, I know I’ll have to tell my kids a story about how when I was their age, fires would devastate my community every year. But then I want to be able to finish that story by talking about my power: The power I had to walk 266 miles and demand a CCC from our leaders.” Lola Guthrie, 17, Sonoma
Follow updates from the marchers on social media:
Twitter – @smvmtgenonfire
Instagram – @sunrisegenonfire
TikTok – @jenna.hnz, @trek_tok17, @captsoapbox, @hope_endrenyi, @tejanorojo, @jeremy_o123, @babyjoshbenitez, @kidusgirma460, @kashishishish
Follow – #generationonfire