FAQ

Will There Be Distributed Events (Including International)?

Absolutely! Click here to see a list of sister marches.

If you are able, however, you should make your way to Washington, D.C. for the main march for maximum impact.

Should I Plan On Coming to D.C. or Organize an Event In My Community?

PCM wants to have a massive presence in Washington DC to demonstrate the power of the climate movement. If you have the capacity, and are within 8 - 12 hours of DC, we ask that your main focus be sending people to D.C. Of course you can plan an event for folks who cannot make it to D.C. but we encourage you to make your top priority getting as many people who can make it to D.C. there.

Our goal is to demonstrate with hundreds of thousands of people in the streets of D.C., making our voices heard in the halls of political power. If you are willing and at all able to come to DC -- please do.

We Live In a Community That Is Not Within an Easy Bus Ride to D.C., Should We Come Anyway?

We hope to have every state and communities across the country represented in D.C. on the 29. There are many other events and actions planned during the week -- and if you can, we encourage you to join those too, as well as visit your member of congress and meet other people working on climate and justice issues.

How Do I Start an Event In My Community?

You can register online to host your own event: https://actionnetwork.org/events/797c4a8106d4d6cff03c17a65616c0cca3d43e13/edit

What About the Science March / Why Don’t You Combine?

While climate change is a top issue for many March for Science organizers, the March for Science strives to be non-political. The Peoples Climate Movement, however, believes strongly in the need to call out the politicians who threaten our climate, communities, and jobs, and put forward an alternative vision for an economy that works for people and planet. The Peoples Climate Movement cares deeply about science — but social, economic, and climate justice are the heart of our work.

Ultimately, the two marches compliment each other. On April 22, the March for Science will stand up for science and help educate the public (and all of us!) about the threat of climate change. For the next week, we’ll organize actions in our communities and in Washington, D.C. to advocate for climate, jobs and justice. And then on April 29, the week will culminate in the massive Peoples Climate Mobilization where hundreds of thousands of people will step into the streets together to put forward our own vision that works for our communities and the climate. Educate, organize, mobilize. It’s a path forward for all of us who care about our communities, climate, and the future we need to build together.

Do I Need a Ticket to March?

No. You don't need a ticket to march but signing up for updates ensures you won't miss important updates as they become available -- like transportation, local events, and other resources.

Will There Be Buses or Other Coordinated Transportation?

Yes! In general, taking mass transit is highly advised. Parking will be very limited, as there will likely be road closures throughout the area that may impact accessibility.

You can find the full list of buses here.

  • We are constantly updating this list -- so if you’re not seeing one from your community contact us to learn how to organize a bus to D.C.!
  • Contact us at: rachel.mandelbaum@sierraclub.org
  • Organizing a bus is a great, cost-effective way to help bring people from your community or group to join the PCM. It’s also a great organizing tool to build the capacity of your local groups and share a powerful experience together. They can seat anywhere from 15 – 55 people, and rachel.mandelbaum@sierraclub.orgwe can help you with logistics for this.

    You might have a local bus company that you’re used to using. If so, great! If not, you might want to check out charter companies and get quotes on prices at http://www.busrates.com.

    Interested in organizing a bus from your community? Please fill out this form.

    We have resources and a toolkit to help you do this effectively -- and lots of tips on how to connect you with other interested riders and also use this as a powerful organizing tool with your community.

    If you are already organizing a bus, you should also fill out the form to help us better coordinate.

    Getting Around D.C.

    The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Association (WMATA) provides several online resources to help you move through D.C.:

    • WMATA Trip Planner: Helps you figure out how to get from Point A to Point B using Metrobus, Metrorail, and walking.
    • BusETA: Allows you to search for a bus route, the time a bus should arrive at a stop, and upcoming buses at a stop.
    • NextTrain: Gives you expected arrivals for trains at a specified stop.

    There are also a number of non-WMATA apps that can help you plan your trip. Two of the most popular are:

    • CityMapper: (Android and iOS apps available) Helps you figure out your route, compare times on different routes, and find the nearest transit stop, and check the built-in maps.
    • D.C. Metro Transit (Android and iOS apps) shows you when trains and buses can be expected to arrive, plan your trip via metro, and check the built-in transit maps.

    Metrorail: The fastest and most convenient way around the city when it is working properly.

    Operating Times: Normal hours are 5 AM to midnight weekdays and 7AM to midnight on weekends.

    Cost: Peak fares (5 - 9:30 AM and 3 - 7 PM weekdays) range from $2.15 to $5.90 depending on distance travelled. Off-peak fares range from $1.75 to $3.60. The Metro no longer accepts paper farecards: you will need to buy an RFID-enabled plastic SmarTrip card. SmarTrip vending machines are available at all Metro stations. You must pay $10 for a card, but they come loaded with $8 of value.

    If you have other questions about riding the metro, WMATA has a rider guide available: wmata.com/rider-guide/index.cfm

    Metrobus

    Operating Times: Varies, check the schedule for first and last buses. Generally, the first bus will be between 5:30 and 6:00 AM and the last between 12:30 AM and 1 AM. Metrobus will operate on a weekday schedule with normal rush-hour service in the morning, followed by an early rush hour in the afternoon. However, with street closures around the National Mall and Pennsylvania Avenue for the parade, all Metrobus will be subject to detours and delays.

    Cost: $1.75 base fare. Express routes (generally, those with green signs) are $4.00. Fare for seniors and people with disabilities is 85¢ for regular routes, $2.00 on express routes. Cash is accepted on buses, but SmarTrip is recommended, though you will not be able to buy them on the bus. If you use cash, you must have exact change.

    What’s Your Platform / Demands / Asks?

    Peoples Climate Movement is a project of dozens of organizations working together to solve the climate crisis. There are nine points to the Peoples Climate platform that were developed over the last year. They are:

    • Directly and rapidly reduce greenhouse gas and toxic pollution to successfully combat climate change and improve public health.
    • Mandate a transition to an equitable and sustainable New Energy and Economic Future that limits the temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels Provide a Just Transition for communities and workers negatively impacted by the shift to a New Energy and Economic Future that includes targeted economic opportunity and provides stable income, health care, and education.
    • Demand that every job pays a wage of at least $15 an hour, protects workers, and provides a good standard of living, pathways out of poverty, and a right to organize.
    • Ensure that investments are targeted to create pathways for low-income people and people of color to access good jobs and improve the lives of communities of color, indigenous peoples, low-income people, small farmers, women, and workers.
    • Make bold investments in the resilience of states, cities, tribes, and communities that are threatened by climate change; including massive investments in infrastructure systems from water, transportation, and solid waste to the electrical grid and safe, green building and increasing energy efficiency that will also create millions of jobs in the public and private sector.
    • Reinvest in a domestic industrial base that drives towards an equitable and sustainable New Energy and Economic Future, and fight back against the corporate trade-induced global race to the bottom.
    • Market- and policy-based mechanisms must protect human rights and critical, native ecosystems and reduce pollution at source.

    Who Is Running This?

  • Peoples Climate Movement is a project of dozens of organizations working together to solve the climate crisis. You can see the full list of organizations here.
  • What Is PCM?

    The Peoples Climate Movement is a project of dozens of organizations working together to tackle the climate crisis. It started with the historic Peoples Climate March on the eve of the UN Climate Summit in September 2014 when 400,000 people from every walk of life marched through the streets of New York City demanding climate action.

    Can I Volunteer

    There are lots of ways to support the march -- the first step is to sign up on the volunteer form.

    Click here to sign up to volunteer, and we’ll follow up with more information!

    Do You Have a Facebook Event?

    We do! You can check it out here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1904314703139244/

    Questions?

    Contact us at: pcm@sierraclub.org

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