Everyone has their own reason for joining the Women’s March on Washington.
My reasons are pretty simple – but they matter to me.
√ I want to demonstrate with my physical presence that I oppose the hateful rhetoric and destructive intention of the new administration to dismantle the laws that
protect our health and the health of the planet.
√ I want to stand up for the progress we’ve made on protecting our environment.
√ Especially, I want to affirm my commitment to stopping climate change
and reducing pollution.
The new president and his nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency intend to roll back the progress we’ve made reducing our use of the fossil fuels that cause climate change.
They show no interest in safeguarding the air we breathe and the water we drink.
Shielding our bodies from exposure to toxic chemicals is not a priority for them.
It is for me, and I want my presence at the Women’s March on Washington, D.C. to make that clear.
But perhaps most of all, I’ll be at the Women’s March on Washington because I know that I can’t fight the battles that need to be fought – and won – alone.
Being surrounded by 500,000 other concerned citizens who also agree that we need to protect ourselves and our world will give me the virtual shot in the arm I need to do the work that lies ahead.
How do I know?
Last week, I was on Capitol Hill with Moms Clean Air Force meeting with Senate staffers about the EPA nominee. After two months of post-election blues, it felt great to be working with smart, passionate, and committed people who share a common vision for a better, safer, healthier, cleaner world.
For the first time since the election, I felt like “I can do this. I can get up every day and do something that makes a difference.”
That feeling of hope, and empowerment, and ENERGY came from being with others who feel the same way and who are also taking action!
That’s the feeling I expect to get in spades during the Women’s March on Washington. It will be like taking a great big psychic vitamin – only more empowering, more sustaining, and probably a lot more fun!
If you’ll be at the March in Washington, maybe I’ll see you there. I hope so.
But you don’t need to be in D.C. to march. Similar events are happening all over the United States, and around the world, too. Go to WomensMarch.com to find a march you can join.
Remember: As we said over and over during the presidential campaign, we are stronger together. The March is just the beginning of that show of strength – not the end.