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People’s Climate March Olympic Peninsula

Saturday, April 29 was a day of Climate Awareness marches in Washington, DC and around the world.  In Port Angeles, some 600 concerned citizens from across the Olympic Peninsula and beyond came by bike, by foot, by carpool, and by busloads.  Some presumably swam, like this pod of orcas from Port Townsend!

Lys Burden, Dale Grooms, Debra Ellers and Annette Ruzicka of Port Townsend

Lys Burden, Debra Ellers and Annette Ruzicka of Port Townsend

The event was organized by a tireless group of activists from Olympic Climate Action and supported by the Sierra Club North Olympic Group.  Led by members of the Klallam Drum Group of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, this non-violent march moved with good spirit through the sidewalks of downtown PA in the rain.  The majority of bystanders and local businesses showed their support and expressed an understanding of the importance of the issues being raised on this day.

More photos available on OCA’s Facebook page.

Climate change is real and now. Most of us get it. Humans must act in ways to limit its effects, and deal with surviving the changes that are here and/or on their way.


Give a rousing cheer for the many unsung citizens who took an afternoon out of their lives to make this a worthy event.  Even the clean-up crew!

Check out the Peninsula Daily News story about this March for Climate, and some of the interesting commentary that follows.

People’s Climate March ♥ Olympic Peninsula ♥ April 29, 2017

“Our Peninsula, Our Future, Our Climate”

3:00 PM • Port Angeles City Pier

321 N. Lincoln St., Port Angeles, WA 98362

RSVP here

Contribute here

Map to parking and City Pier

Agenda of speakers and activities

March route


Our banners – original artwork by Makah artist Micah McCarty

Video by James Cameron

Article by Bill McKibben

“Why I March”:  A Set of Short Videos

Article in Port Townsend Leader

Article in Peninsula Daily News

The People’s Climate March is a nationwide event to re-energize and build the movement for climate action in order to fight pollution, protect human rights, and transform our economy.

Here on the Olympic Peninsula, we have the opportunity to build a coalition of communities and cultures dedicated to a just transition toward community  resilience. Climate action here can mean moving toward stable jobs with good wages, building and retrofitting infrastructure to generate our own energy, increasing efficiency, and preparing for climate changes to come.

Together we can achieve a better future for us all. This is why we are concentrating our efforts into a joint march for the whole North Olympic Peninsula. This is our Peninsula, our future, and our climate.

In addition to climate action on the Peninsula, we stand up to protect the recently signed Paris accord, in which nations work together to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees C, and thereby hopefully sustain a livable planet. We reject the call by members of the current federal administration to pull out of the Paris agreement and unleash a new wave of unnecessary and lethal fossil-fuel extraction.

The Sierra Club North Olympic Group and Olympic Climate Action invite you to join us. Let’s march together for our future.  We have a great lineup of speakers and others to inform and inspire you!

We use non-violent means to achieve change. We are committed to nonviolence, inspired by the spirit of Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., and other peaceful protesters before us. No violence, no property damage. We believe that this approach offers the best means of creating lasting progress toward a just and healthy world.


FAQ:  Olympic Peninsula People’s Climate March – Saturday, April 29, 2017

3 pm – Port Angeles City Pier, 321 N. Lincoln St.

Parking is available at the Clallam County Courthouse parking lot, 223 E 4th St. There will be a drop-off area near the pier for people who need it. A map is here.

Gathering will be at the stage on the Port Angeles City Pier. The welcome ceremony will begin at about 3 pm. A map is here. Limited seating is available, so if you need a seat, RSVP or arrive early. Posters and banners are welcome but must be held–they cannot be hung anywhere in the pier area.

March route is just under a mile and will be from the pier to Railroad Ave, where we will walk west along the esplanade. At the end of the sidewalk we will continue through the park by the pocket beaches until we reach the crosswalk at Front and Cherry. We will cross at the crosswalk and continue south on Cherry until we get to First. Once on First, we will walk east on the north sidewalk up to Lincoln. From there we will head north on Lincoln and back to the Pier. A map is here.

The march will be led by local tribal members. Tribal drummers invite others with portable percussion to march behind down along the line to give a beat to the whole march.

We will not be blocking the roads, so marchers must stay on the sidewalks and obey traffic signals. March helpers in orange vests will be at every block. They will be able to call someone who can pick you up if you cannot complete the march for any reason. We will also have doctors marching who have agreed to be “on call”.

Rally: Once we return to the Pier, around 4pm, we will listen to several inspiring speeches from community members and elected officials. The speeches should last about 40 minutes. The Peace Choir will end the march with a song. A tentative agenda is here.

Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. There is no smoking on the Pier or during the march. Well behaved, leashed dogs who like crowds are welcome. Remember to bring water and dress for the weather; there will be no food available at the march. We are committed to principles of non-violence.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Click here to view a fuller description of the event.

— Sierra Club North Olympic Group and Olympic Climate Action

Banners for People’s Climate March 4/29/17

“Our Peninsula, Our Future, Our Climate”

Our banners

March route: People’s Climate March Olympic Peninsula 4/29/2017

Start and finish at the stage at City Pier, after the welcoming ceremony.

March route

Agenda for People’s Climate March April 29

Tentative agenda – People’s Climate March Olympic Peninsula, 4/29/2017 – 3 PM – PA City Pier

 Segment/Speaker Affiliation Topic
Melanie Greer March committee chair Welcome and logistics
Jonathan Arakawa Enrolled member of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe and a lead singer with the Klallam Drum Group Welcome to Klallam territory
MARCH: Everyone March through downtown
Diana Somerville Local author and activist Master of Ceremonies
Mike Chapman (if not in special session) Washington State House of Representatives My road to climate activism
Vanessa Castle Water Protector, activist and member of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe Lessons from Standing Rock
Jon Preston Forks City Council Why we can’t wait
Kate Dean Jefferson County Commissioner Climate impacts on the Olympic Peninsula
Chad Bowechop Manager, Makah Tribal Council Office of Marine Affairs Threats of increased oil shipping in our waters
Deborah Stinson Mayor, City of Port Townsend Moving forward at the local level
Mark Ozias Clallam County Commissioner Greening the local economy
Diana Somerville Master of Ceremonies Closing thoughts
Interfaith Peace Choir Interfaith Alliance Closing song

Gather at the stage at City Pier at 3 pm.  Arrive early–it will be crowded!

Map to Pier