By Lori Lawrence
Following two months of planning, the Kansas Sierra Club bus departed for The People’s Climate Movement in Washington, D.C., at 7:00 a.m. on March 28th with 12 people on board from Wichita, Tulsa, Norman, and Moline, Kan.
Five more got on board in Topeka, and then on to Lawrence, where four more activists joined the bus. In Kansas City another six folks joined us from KC & Salina. Thanks to the Kansas Sierra Club, 46 people made it to D.C.!
In Kansas City, we were met by a reporter from KSHB 41 ActionNews for an interview.
Our bus then turned eastward on I-70 to Columbia, Mo., where we had another news interview. Eight more got on board there, and another eleven in St. Louis! Then on the road for the rest of the day and overnight.
The march was wonderful! We met people from all over the East Coast, and a few Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma natives drawn to us by our signs. Riding the Metro was a new experience for many of us. Then the five to ten miles we walked made for a tiring day
We were in D.C. from 9:30 until 7:30, then on the way home. An estimated 200,000 marched for the environment that day! For videos and pictures, click here.
This bus trip was a collaborative effort of the Kansas Sierra Club Chapter (which donated enough money to make the seats affordable), the Missouri Sierra Club Chapter (also donated and helped greatly with organizing, recruiting, and media outreach), and the Oklahoma Sierra Club Chapter (which also helped with organizing and recruiting).
Great people, new friends, lots of laughter, lots of anger and lots of pride. Keep an eye on the Southwind Sierra Club page for future trips!