Starting March 1, over 200 people are taking on a unique challenge: walking 14 miles a day, for eight straight months, on a journey that adds up to nearly 3,000 miles.

Why? They’re messengers for the Great March for Climate Action. Beginning here in Los Angeles and ending in Washington DC just before the November elections, the are taking their stories to Congress about how climate disruption is affecting them personally.

In the past year, we’ve seen severe storms strike our neighbors in other parts of the country, causing flash floods in Colorado and along the Mississippi, two dozen tornadoes in a single day in Indiana and Illinois, freak ice storms trapping drivers in their cars overnight in Atlanta, polar vortexes in the Northeast, and the rainiest day on record in Philadelphia. The climate disruption has now arrived in California as we turn off our taps and brace for the worst drought in our history.

The Great March for Climate Action’s goal is to get the country thinking about and talking about the commitment we all need to make to move beyond this crisis. If investing in a new pair of sneakers for an eight-month journey isn’t for you, don’t worry. There four ways for you to participate locally and get the message out.

First, come to the rally on March 1. If you’re up for a walking challenge after the rally, you can join the 17.5 mile march through the streets of Los Angeles with a closing ceremony near USC. Or you can join the shorter, 2.5 mile march to an interactive Climate Action Fair. You can also await the walkers to greet them as they arrive in the Exposition Park area at the end of their day and celebrate.

Councilman Paul Koretz is co-hosting the event and is encouraging Angelenos to spread the word in their communities about the Great March for Climate Action launch in Los Angeles.

See the information below for the times, locations, and registration.

When:
Saturday, March 1, 2014
*8:30am (Press Conference) *9:00am (Rally)

*10:00am (March begins) *10:40am (Climate Action Fair begins)

10:00am – 6:00pm – Great March to Los Angeles Exposition Park area (17.5 miles)

6:00pm – Closing Ceremony Celebration (exact location and detail tbd… see website for updates)

Where:

Location for Press Conference, Rally and start of the March:
Wilmington Waterfront Park, Great Lawn
C Street at Bayview Avenue (just off the 110 Freeway)
Port of Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA 90744

Short March Destination (2.5 miles):
A stopping point with activities for those who prefer to walk a shorter distance:http://j.mp/MXiOOy

Ends at:
Climate Action Fair
Wilmington Athletic Complex
1650 Figueroa Blvd.
Wilmington, CA

Long March Destination (17.5 miles) & Closing Ceremony:
Los Angeles Exposition Park area (details to come)
March Duration: 10:00am – 6:00pm (17 miles)

Register for free to walk here: http://tinyurl.com/ClimateMarchRSVP

Facebook Page: http://j.mp/ClimateMarchFB

Website for the entire Climate March: ClimateMarch.org