The Great March for Climate Action

— by Zach Heffernen

Starting March 1, 2014, through a non-profit called Great March for Climate Action, 1,000 climate hawks will march from Santa Monica, CA, across the United States to Washington, DC. This will be the largest coast-to-coast march in American history. It is aimed at inspiring and motivating the general public and elected officials to act now to address the climate crisis.

While marchers will undergo eight months of heat, wind, mountainous terrain, and insects, it will be an incredibly rewarding, life-changing adventure to promote a cause they are passionate about. Marchers will walk 14-15 miles per day and tent camp nearly every night. Also, educational activities will be conducted along the March as a key component to teach and inspire climate action within local communities. Several people are referring to it as “the adventure of a lifetime” and “an excellent opportunity to travel our beautiful country.”

The founder, Ed Fallon, inspired by other non-violent march leaders such as Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr, decided that organizing a march would be the best way he could stimulate change. “Climate change is not the prevailing issue confronting our society – it is the prevailing crisis!” Fallon exclaims. “This needs to become the defining issue of this century.”

So far, Great March for Climate Action has enjoyed several prestigious endorsements, including but not limited to: and Bill McKibben, Iowa Representative Bruce Braley, Iowa Senator Rob Hogg, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and the Center for Biological Diversity. More are coming in every week.

The organization will begin taking marcher applications in July 2013. “I anticipate to receive a large influx of applications that first month,” reports Zach Heffernen, Marcher Director. “I recommend submission of the application right away to everyone who is serious about marching.”

Please like our Facebook page and generate additional awareness! For questions or to learn how to volunteer or march, contact me at or 513-5-WE-WALK (513-593-9255).

12 Responses to The Great March for Climate Action

  1. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    Starting in nine months!! It must be urgent!!! Like Julia Gillard’s carbon price in Australia, which gave the insane Right months to mount a campaign based, as ever, on lies, greed and mass imbecility, this gives the Right plenty of time to mount counter-demonstrations, MSM propaganda and even sabotage. Why not just set out, and see who joins in? Like next week.

  2. Jeff Huggins says:

    Dear Zach, the non-profit ‘Great March for Climate Action’, and other readers:

    I applaud this initiative. Bravo!

    And, I’d like to offer a contextual point as well as another thought …

    First, for those interested in the history of cross-country marches, read about the march that Jack London took (for most of the way) in 1894 — I think it was that year — when he joined up with “General Kelly’s Army”. You can read about it in the book ‘Wolf’ or in many other places.

    Second — and more importantly — even as the climate movement initiates things like the march, we should also begin posing the hard and clear questions to would-be Democratic nominees for president. The same organizations that initiate, endorse, support, and/or otherwise applaud the march should also see the wisdom — indeed, the necessity — of making sure that the next Democratic nominee for president is someone who has a clear, credible, compelling, convincing, courageous, and sufficient-to-the-task stance regarding climate change and how she/he will address it if elected. To make sure that such a person is nominated, we have to start NOW.

    Consider how odd it would be, and counterproductive, if the “movement” did such things as this march, as well as instances of nonviolent civil disobedience, and the like, but was unwilling or unable to even press would-be Democratic nominees for president for their clear, concrete stances as a test to determine which nominee would be most likely to best address climate change.

    Thus I raise this question (for example): If Bill McKibben and are endorsing or applauding this march, will they also endorse and applaud — and perhaps even lead — an initiative to persistently pose the best possible questions regarding climate change to Hillary Clinton, who has (according to nearly everyone in the media) already started her run for the Democratic nomination and who is already considered by many to be the front-runner? For example, will leading people and organizations in the climate movement begin asking her, starting now, what she would do regarding Keystone XL if she were president today — that is, if it were her decision to make? Would she approve KXL or deny approval? And so forth.

    For that matter, will CP and CAP pose such questions to Ms. Clinton?

    Thanks and Be Well,


  3. Pennsylvania Bob says:

    Hmmm……this is a huge undertaking and needs to be done right. Yes, one person could just set out, perhaps several in a group. But one thousand will require extraordinary logistical planning for health, safety, food , lodging, police, emergencies, funding, etc, etc. The drumbeat of this building, building over the next few months……..and then the constant publicity rolling all across the country will be amazing and has the potential to be what we need. Hats off to the organizers!
    Idea: Perhaps locals could organize regional and cross-state marches in solidarity concurrent with the cross-country march.

  4. David Goldstein says:

    It so happens that I wrote an article for Huffington Post about a walk along the length of the Keystone XL that begins in 2 weeks! Please check it out and if anyone is interested in doing a walk this summer (yes, this includes YOU, Mulga!). Here is the article:

  5. David Goldstein says:

    oops- that’s the Walk’s facebook page (good info there). HERE is my article:

  6. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    OK, OK. I’m too cynical, but the MSM will bring down the old ‘Cone of Silence’ over this project. Still, I admire your enthusiasm, and I wish them all well. At least they are doing something concrete. It will be a wonderful experience for the walkers, too. Some great and useful friendships and alliances will be forged.

  7. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    I might not get a visa. As it is I walk all day, with enthusiasm. One of my greatest heroes, Sviatoslav Richter, was a gigantic walker, circumnavigating Moscow, winter and summer, and the great cities of Europe, often. Walking is next to Godliness, I believe. I really wish them well-perhaps they can walk to the ocean and make a little salt, too.

  8. Pennsylvania Bob says:

    MSM will not be able to ignore this. Politicians and civic leaders who “get it” will join in at each stop. Mass one-day rallies will take place as this rolling demonstration passes though each city.
    And, timed along with the run-up to 2014 elections, this will help candidates with the guts to join in.
    This can be huge.

  9. timg56 says:

    I guess huge must be a relative term.

    It might get some initial coverage at the start, but within a news cycle or two it will be out of site and mind.

    Has it occurred to anyone that one reason environmental issues rank so low in most folks consciousness is due to the looney actions of the really dedicated environmentalist type?

    Lines like ” … marchers will undergo eight months of heat, wind, mountainous terrain, and insects ….” crack me up. The danger, the hardship, the privatation that must be endured. Try checking out the Ride Oregon event. There is a waiting list to get a slot. Yet Zach wants us all to feel the great drama of this march.

  10. Bob Musil says:

    I nod to the largest protest cross-country march that has alreadyt happened would be nice. The Great Peace March left Los Angeles in 1986 with 1200 marchers. A dedicated 600 finished up. The political impact is hard to measure, but it transformed the lives who did it, including one of my former staffers at Physicians for Social Responsibility who have sponsored the current march and helped pay for the 1986 current record holder.

    And don’t forget individuals like Bent Andresen who cross-countried alone after going AWOL from his conscientious objector camp in California after he heard the news of Hiroshima. He handed out peace, anti-nuclear leaflets along the way and turned himself for arrest in DC, ended up in Federal prison and went on a hunger strike.

    He later worked into the 70s for WRL and CCC0

  11. Brooks Bridges says:

    I’ve been enjoying a recording of his, Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto, for about 50 years. Never heard a piano sound as good on any other recording.

  12. Paul Klinkman says:

    The absolutely most necessary thing that the organizers can do right now is to split up the march into a parallel wave of maybe 30 people per march. Some go more north, some south in a wave from California east. 30 people gets almost as much press as 1000 people as they come through town, and 33 such marches hits 33 times as many local papers. Such a move is also vital because these local marchers can often be housed in local churches and fed at local potlucks. Don’t forget to start from Portland, Maine, from Buffalo, from Miami.

    Everyone is absolutely right about the huge media ignoring the protests. Go for the local papers. Go with extremely visible (computer generated 700 point letters), wind-spilling signs. Expect the walkers to hand out on the order of one million laser-printed leaflets, so write good leaflets and keep editing the leaflets based on leafletter feedback. Finally, get hold of some of the walkers early (right now?!) and use them as organizers. Require that each walker head to some central headquarters (Washington is such an expensive central headquarters) and put in 3 weeks of organizing work, because you need cheap organizers.

    Start each walk out at 10 miles a day. Prepare to floor it up to 20 or 25 miles a day after about a month of walking, because that’s how these walks go. Always go slowly the day after a big town because you have picked up a new walker or two, and they will keep going with you (yay!) if you take it easy.

    I have a number of odd talents, don’t I!