Rise for Climate March

On September 8, we’re planning thousands of rallies in cities and towns around the world to demand our local leaders commit to building a fossil free world that puts people and justice before profits. No more stalling, no more delays: it’s time for a fast and fair transition to 100% renewable energy for all.riseforclimate.org

Rise, occupy and march with us as a volunteer, marcher, performer or legal aide!

Be part of this peaceful participatory performance march to raise local communities’ awareness and perception of the current climate crisis. There will be music, poetry, art performances placard making and other fun things to complement the march.

The march will give a major opportunity for exchanges relating to climate change and how it impacts our communities between the representatives of supporting NGOs and the general public. Tanjung Aru Beach I is selected as the march venue to create an opportunity to highlight concerns relating to unsustainable coastal development, which can reduce the ability of natural systems to respond to climate changes.

A major highlight at the march will be Bury the Ocean, where a group of volunteers will bury themselves in sand from ankle to neck, as a symbolic protest and solidarity for the surrounding flora and fauna at risk of destruction should unsustainable development takes place at the beach. Tanjung Aru Beach is known for its beautiful sunset, as well as the hornbills and small birds that have made Prince Philip Park their home.

Please RSVP and sign up here.


Frequently Asked Questions

When is Rise for Climate March?
Thousands of rallies in cities and towns around the world will be organized on September 8, 2018. Our march will take place from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m.

Where is Rise for Climate March?
Rise for Climate March will take place at Tanjung Aru Beach 1, and will begin late afternoon at 3 p.m. and end at 6 p.m. Here’s our free downloadable map for your easy reference.

How to get there?
From KK City Centre, take the No. 16 bus towards Tanjung Aru Beach from the bus stations in front of City Hall or Wawasan Plaza and let the driver know of your destination. Bus fare is RM1.50 per person.

Why are people marching?
Climate change threatens our agriculture, health, water supply, infrastructure and more–it affects us all. By ending use of fossil fuel and opting for renewable energy, we can create economic opportunities, job growth, greater social justice and improved public health.

What to bring?
Good vibes and a reusable drinking bottle–refreshments available at our Drinking Station. We are trying to make the march as environmental-friendly as possible. We highly recommend wearing comfortable clothing as you will be drumming, singing, dancing and marching with us at the beach. 

How far is the distance between the starting and ending point?
It’s a short ~380m march with two checkpoints for everyone to catch their breath and enjoy art performances.

Is the march pro- or anti-government?
Neither. The mission and focus of Rise for Climate March is to demand our local leaders commit to building a fossil free world that puts people and justice before profits.

Staging Area and Route

What is happening at the starting point?
The march will open with Community Fitness, Bliss, and Yoga by Devi Kusardy Cox and friends. Donate a book, clothes or non-perishable foods items to experience Pound, a 30-minute cardio jam session. Then there will be a community march chanting and drumming practice with Ejam Saini and Farahani Mahadi. Grab one of our upcycled drums and chant with us as we march!

Distance to Checkpoint 1: ~150m

What’s happening at Checkpoint 1?
Theatrical protest-poetry performance by our good friend, Rusli Anuar.

Distance to Checkpoint 2: ~100

What’s happening at Checkpoint 2?
Our new friend Manasii will be performing flag-poi, a dance for the adventurous spirits like you! Be captured by Manasii’s rhythmical movements as she swings tethered weights in geometrical patterns.

Distance to Lifeguard Post: ~125m

What’s happening at the Lifeguard Post?
Drum, sing and dance with joy with Alan Keroux and his Drum Out Loud ensemble! Alan’s community drum circle celebrates the dynamic interaction of musical and personal relationships. No previous musical or drumming experience is necessary, it’s all about music-making and exploring alternative relaxation techniques with drumming. Drum Out Loud is family-friendly and open to all ages.

A major highlight at the march will be Bury the Ocean, where a group of volunteers will bury themselves in sand in front of the Lifeguard Post from ankle to neck, as a symbolic protest and solidarity for the surrounding flora and fauna at risk of destruction should unsustainable development takes place at the beach.

Distance to Drinking Station: ~70m

What’s happening at the Drinking Station?
Our friends at You Yuen Vegetarian is gifting everyone complimentary vegan wheatgrass juice, yay! Please bring your own drinking bottle as we have limited reusable cups. Wheatgrass provides a concentrated amount of nutrients, including iron, calcium, magnesium, amino acids, chlorophyll, and vitamins A, C, and E–after a couple of hours of marching, drumming, singing and dancing, a delicious cup of iced wheatgrass is what we need for an energy boost.


Organizer

BENTARAKATA is an independent creative collective of writers, artists, bakers, creators and makers of sorts working together to inspire Sabahans to experience and practice a lifestyle of compassion for a sustainable future. Through the use of literature, art, performance arts and film, the studio offers a safe-space for its patrons to express themselves without fear of discrimination, criticism, harassment, or any other emotional or physical harm. The studio is also deaf-friendly.

The collective is structured to operate as a social enterprise, meaning revenue derived from the studio activities is invested back into the programs to increase it artistic and social outcomes. Income derived from the sale, exhibition, film screenings and other programs directly benefits the artist and communities we support.

Partner

350.org

350.org is an international environmental organization addressing climate change with the goal of reducing atmospheric carbon dioxide to 350ppm from the current level of 400 ppm. It was founded by author Bill McKibben with the goal of building a global grassroots movement to raise awareness about human-driven climate change, to confront climate change denial, and to cut emissions of carbon dioxide in order to slow the rate of global warming. 350 uses online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public actions to oppose new coal, oil and gas projects, take money out of the companies that are heating up the planet and build 100% clean energy solutions that work for all. 350’s network extends to 188 countries. Read more…

Rise for Climate March is organized independently by BENTARAKATA with the support of grassroots movements and our friends, in partnership with 350.org

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