Working towards peace and sustainability

We Need You—Sunday, Oct. 2.


Time has come for the Green Team and other Peaceworks supporters to come out in force. Our concern regarding the climate crisis we collectively face needs to be made evident to our community at large. So many of us recognize that climate change is real; that it’s happened already; and that more is coming our way. We recognize it, but sometimes feel incapable of doing anything about it.

While our individual actions may seem so small that they hardly matter, when taken in tandem with many others, we can and do make a difference. Here in Columbia, for example, we would not have a Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP) were it not for a vital movement locally for climate action. We’ve taken some steps in the right direction, but there is so much more to be done. Together we can, and we must!

Why Rally & Walk for the Climate?

One of the best ways to break out of isolation and disempowerment is to gather in solidarity with others who share our concerns. If we can reach out to sufficient numbers of our family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, fellow students, co-parishioners, etc. and get them to turn out, we can turn out a large number of concerned folks. This will both empower participants, and, when reported, inform the community that climate change is a subject of great concern to many of us.

This will help create the pressure of public opinion needed to get those in office to take action, and get those running for office to recognize the importance of addressing constituent concerns regarding climate change.

As mentioned above, Walk for the Climate is a great event to not just attend, but also to invite or bring others to. It’s also a great opportunity to meet some awesome folks who share your concerns regarding the climate, the environment more broadly and environmental justice.

Walk for the Climate is also a kickoff for our Vote for the Climate campaign, which begins in early October. We will have more info on this next week and at the rally. We have 300 new Vote for the Climate yard signs looking for good homes and look forward to some of you joining us in reaching out to neighbors regarding this.

OK, Where, When & How?

We will gather at Courthouse Plaza., 8th & Walnut in downtown CoMo. Registration opens at 1:00, Sunday, Oct. 2., as does live music from MacKenzie and Luke of Estrella. Please plan to arrive no later than 1:30. We will have a short rally with excellent speakers, and then head out for the Walk at 2 p.m. We will have some signs and banners, but we encourage you to bring your own if you can.

Please note: For some of us walking 5K (~3 miles) is no big deal. For others it’s a real challenge or not even a possibility. We want everyone to participate as they can. For some it means only walking part of the route and for some others attending the rally but not walking. Doing what you can is most appreciated. There is no pressure to do more than is comfortable for you.

Also note: Making a contribution is not required. We do appreciate those participants who make a donation, &/or get pledges from others. Those who donate at least $15 will be welcome to a “Walk, Bike and Vote for the Climate” T-shirt or a Vote for the Climate yard sign. Donations can be made on the day of the event.

This event is organized by Mid-Missouri Peaceworks and co-sponsored by the Mid-Missouri Group of Sierra Club, Renew Missouri, Citizens Climate Lobby Columbia and Jefferson City Chapters, Mid-Missouri Fellowship of Reconciliation, Climate Leaders At Mizzou (CLAM) and the Columbia-Boone County League of Women Voters.

Green Team, and all supporters of climate action, we hope to see you at Walk for the Climate!