NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A group called Resilient Nacogdoches will conduct a Climate Justice March Sunday, November 29th. It was to coincide with a Global Climate March scheduled in Paris on the same day.
On Wednesday the government told organizers at 350.org, the march can't take place due to heightened security situations. Nacogdoches activists are suddenly relied on more than ever to spread the concern about climate issues.
Resilient Nacogdoches continues its current project of revitalizing a children's garden. It's where a Climate Justice March will start November 29, the same day the international movement, 350.org begins a week-long awareness event in Paris.
"It's an international conference with leaders from all over the world sort of trying to talk about the climate changes, usually come up with, hopefully some decisions that the world can work on together," said Kerry Lemon, a Resilient Nacogdoches member.
Aside from talk there are demonstrations, including the Global Climate March.
Police in Paris are prohibiting rallies from happening. Now more than ever, participation in community climate marches is encouraged. Resilient Nacogdoches will step up its efforts to raise awareness about current climate challenges.
"An understanding that we're going to have some climate events that are going to affect all of our communities," Lemon said.
For now, Resilient Nacogdoches isn't asking for political debate, but instead promotes sustainability and a sense of community.
"There's some common sense responses that we can make towards this that we can all realize we want our community to be thriving and able to deal with whatever happens to us," Lemon said. "And so that's kinda the approach we're trying to take."
The school district, college students, and local churches have announced their support. The plans in Paris have changed, but activists say the movement for climate justice will not be slowed down.
The Nacogdoches Resilient Climate Justice March is Sunday, November 29.
Marchers will gather at TJR Elementary at 2 p.m. They'll proceed to the Nacogdoches County Courthouse. From there, speeches and music will take place at Festival Park behind Nacogdoches City Hall.