Life here in “The City” by the Bay is an eclectic mix; from an urban real-world street-level economic disparity that juxtaposes the precarity of homelessness with the wired, screen-driven, instant gratification lifestyle of the “tech bro” generation; to a cornucopia of corporate-funded, promotional extravaganzas that can literally commandeer whole sections of the landscape for a week at a time.
Plus there is an array of cultural events that celebrate everything from sexual diversity a la Pride Day and the Folsom Street Fair; to ethnic roots as in the Cinco de Mayo and Carnival festivals; to an occasional marathon or bike race; to the Grand Mama of them all, Bay to Breakers — a century-old local phenomenon that over the years has morphed from a simple 12km foot race from The Bay to the “breakers” at Ocean Beach into a clothing optional agglomeration of a Mardi Gras inspired group-oriented costume-themed bash (replete with floats), and a moving block party cum pub crawl, during which in the Past more than 100 thousand celebrants take part but only a portion of whom finish the actual race.
So it was great for a change to be a part of a socio-political gathering of an estimated 30,000 people who took to the streets of San Francisco as part of the “Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice” in support of global demands for racial and economic justice, an end to fossil fuel production, and a just transition to 100% renewable energy that supports workers and communities across the planet.
The march brought together people from across California, the U.S., and around the world, including those facing health impacts associated with oil & gas production; those recovering from the devastation of the state’s worsening wildfires; those working to resist the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure; and those advocating for and building solutions to the climate crisis within their communities. Supported by more than 300 organizations, the march contingents included environmental and climate justice organizations, communities of faith, immigrant justice organizations, Indigenous-led groups, labor organizations including the IFPTE and the IBU, youth, Elders Awakened, and many more.
To find out more and get involved check out the Global Climate Action Summit website.
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