After attending the Extinction Rebellion march in London last month, and speaking to my friend Poppy about marching in general, I realised there’s quite a gap on the internet for this topic. More specifically, sustainable marching.
Everyone marching for XR was pretty great and I didn’t see damage left behind by that march; this post was actually inspired by Poppy’s tales of the Brexit march. It’s a confusing concept: people passionately marching for the good of others… and littering/damaging the environment as they go?! But it does happen. Of course, any effort to help is brilliant, but the whole event is tarnished a little if people are using plastic signs and littering. I’ll be posting later this week about my experience protesting with XR, but please read on to find out how to carry out a sustainable march…
5. Use Public Transport If Possible
As I previously said, any efforts to help are incredible, but they’re even better if your carbon footprint is minimal. If the march is in your home city, try to take public transport or even walk/cycle. I live just over an hour from London on the train, and I loved taking the train to get there. The closer I got to London, the more people began congregating in train carriages and comparing the signs we’d made. It really geared me up for the day and made me feel even more inspired.
Keep on standing up for what you believe in – just do it sustainably! Enjoy yourself, make some friends and encourage people to join you.