Global Climate March in Oklahoma City

Global Climate March


WHAT:   Global Climate March in Oklahoma City

WHEN:    Sunday afternoon, November 29, 2015,  2:00-4:00 pm,

WHERE:  Bicentennial Park, 201 N. Walker (that’s 500 Couch Drive.)

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Since it is very important that we have a climate action event tomorrow on the eve of the Paris Climate Summit, we have created a RAIN PLAN in case it is raining at the time of the march. The cold will not stop us, but if it is raining at the time of the event, we will meet at St. Paul Episcopal Cathedral, Dean Willey Hall, 127 NW 7th Street, OKC, OK. We are grateful to St. Paul Episcopal Cathedral for making our RAIN PLAN possible. Remember, if there is no rain, we will meet at Bicentennial Park as planned.

All around the world this Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 28 & 29, marches and demonstrations will highlight the importance of the Paris Climate Summit, beginning Monday, Nov. 30.  One such event will be in Oklahoma City, Sunday, Nov. 29, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, in Bicentennial Park, 201 N. Walker Street. Organizers say families and groups are invited to bring banners and signs to add color and spirit to the event.

“The march in Oklahoma City will be one of hundreds around the world urging action at the United Nations Summit Conference in Paris,” said Nathaniel Batchelder of the Peace House. “President Obama and representatives of 196 nations will attend the Summit to formulate plans to address environmental challenges facing the world,” he said.

The Oklahoma City event will begin at 2:00 pm, Sunday, with live music by the Starvation Army Band to welcome people. Speakers will explain why the Paris Summit is so important. Then participants will begin a one-mile march through Oklahoma City, returning to the park. Concluding remarks and more music will close the event.

“Reversing global warming and climate change are the most crucial challenges humanity has ever faced, and these challenges must be resolved during this generation” Batchelder said.

The Oklahoma Conference of Churches is a cosponsor of the city event. “The bishops and communion leaders of the 16 denominations in the OCC approved a statement a year ago saying that climate change is real; it is human-made; and all humanity must participate in solutions,” said Batchelder, also a board member of OCC, as well as director of the Peace House.

The Global Climate March is cosponsored by a growing list of groups including the Peace House OKC, Turtle Rock Farm, Oklahoma United Methodist Environmental Coalition, Oklahoma Interfaith Power & Light, Oklahoma Conference of Churches, Mosaic United Methodist Church, East Sixth Street Christian Church, Citizens Climate Lobby of Norman, First Unitarian Church of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Sierra Club, Oscar Romero Catholic Worker House, United Nations Association of Oklahoma City, Church of the Open Arms UCC, Oklahoma Center for Conscience in Action, Alliance for Global Justice, EcoSolidarity, Shawnee Peace Fellowship, and Transition Oklahoma.


There is also Facebook Event page for the Global Climate March in Oklahoma City:


About Mark Y. A. Davies

Mark Davies is the Wimberly Professor of Social and Ecological Ethics and Director of the World House Institute for Social and Ecological Responsibility at Oklahoma City University. He is the Executive Director of the Leadership, Education, and Development (LEaD) Hub North America of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church and an Oklahoma Humanities State Scholar. Mark has published in the areas of Boston personalism, process philosophy and ethics, and ecological ethics. Dr. Davies serves on the United Methodist University Senate, which is “an elected body of professionals in higher education created by the General Conference to determine which schools, colleges, universities, and theological schools meet the criteria for listing as institutions affiliated with The United Methodist Church.” He and his wife Kristin live in Edmond, OK in the United States, and they have two daughters. The views expressed by the author in this blog do not necessarily represent the views of Oklahoma City University or the United Methodist Church.
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