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Organizations and Concerned Residents Will Hold People’s Climate March to Support Tampa Going 100% Renewable

For Immediate Release

WHAT: More than two dozen organizations in Tampa Bay will rally for the Tampa People’s Climate March to raise awareness about climate change and its regional impacts, and to provide avenues for people to take action. 

Participants will unite in support of Tampa committing to 100% clean, renewable energy. Tampa is one of the most at risk cities in the world from climate change. As the third-largest city in the state, Tampa is in a unique position to push Florida forward on climate change adaptation and mitigation. The People’s Climate March in Tampa will be one of many marches held in solidarity with the People’s Climate March in D.C. on the same day. 
 
Local elected officials including Hillsborough County Commissioner Pat Kemp and members of frontline communities most at risk from the effects of climate change will kick-off the rally in Lykes Gaslight park. Participants will then write letters and gather petition signatures urging local decision makers to commit Tampa to 100% clean energy. Finally, the demonstration will move to MacDill Park, which will host local art installations and climate science exhibits.

SPEAKERS: 
Pat Kemp, Hillsborough County Commissioner
Carrie Henriquez, Office of City Councilman Guido Maniscalco
Dr. Rick Garrity, Retired Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission Director
Jerry Green, Florida Outreach Director with Votevets.org
Sheridan Murphy, Florida American Indian Movement
Frank Jackalone,  Sierra Club Florida Director
Md. Ashiqur Rahman, USF Provost's Postdoctoral Scholar

WHEN: Saturday, April 29th — Speakers will kick-off at 10AM; Event runs until 1PM. For the latest event details, join the Facebook group

VISUALS: Hundreds of supporters carrying signs urging Tampa to commit to 100% renewable energy. Art installations and banners in MacDill Park on the River Walk highlighting sea-level rise and other climate change impacts already affecting Tampa. Great photo/TV opportunity.

The Tampa Bay People's Climate March is sponsored by Organize Florida, Sierra Club Florida, Environment Florida, Women's March Florida - Pinellas & Hillsborough Counties, Florida Indigenous Rights and Environmental Equality, National Nurses United, For Florida’s Future, Florida Suncoast Sierra Club, Tampa Bay Sierra Club, LULAC Council #7250 & #7259, Florida Immigrant Coalition, Sunshine Citizens, Food & Water Watch - Florida, The Climate Mobilization, Fight for 15 Florida, Center for Biological Diversity - St. Pete, Action Together Tampa Bay, Surly Feminists for the Revolution, St. Pete Women's Collective, Physicians for Social Responsibility - Florida Chapter, Tampa Bay Buddhist Climate Action Network, Mad Science of Greater Tampa Bay, Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign Florida, Refuge Ministries Tampa Bay/International, Revolutionary Road Radio show.