Frequently Asked Questions
What are the need-to-knows about the march?
The Madison Climate March (a sister march to the People’s Climate March in DC) begins 2:00 pm on Saturday, April 22. Anyone is welcome to join! The march begins on the King Street side of the Capitol building (2 E Main St, Madison, WI 53703). There will be a short rally with speakers (watch our Facebook and Twitter accounts for speaker announcements!), and then we will march up E. Main St., concluding in front of Madison Gas and Electric’s Blount Street power plant, symbolizing that we can lead the way to clean energy, jobs and justice at the local level.
Link to Map: Madison Climate March Route
What is the purpose of the march?
The Madison Climate March – in the spirit of People’s Climate March – is a march for jobs, justice and the climate.
Understanding that climate and justice leadership are unlikely through our current elected leaders at the state and federal level, the Madison Climate March is calling for strong local leadership, for jobs that are healthy for the planet and for communities, and for solutions to the climate crisis that are rooted in racial, social and economic justice.
In our community, MGE is one of the largest contributors to climate change with 88% of the electricity it provides coming from fossil fuels (68% coal, 20% gas). But MGE also has potential to be a clean energy leader — not just for Madison, but for our state and our region. We know that as more utilities commit to renewable energy, localized clean energy jobs, affordable electric bills and lessened health & justice impacts from extractive industries accompany this transition. We are calling on MGE to be an ally with us as we all work toward a future that values jobs, justice and the climate. MGE has made some steps in the right direction, but we know that together we can do so much more.
Which city buses can I take or where can I park?
Because the Capitol Square is central to the city, there are numerous city bus routes that come to the Square (Routes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 14, 15, 19, 27, 29, 37, 38, 47, 56, 57, 58, 70, 71, 72, 75). Many of these buses travel between locations with free parking. We encourage use of city buses to get to the march. For more information, visit http://www.cityofmadison.com/metro/google/index.cfm
Additionally, there are numerous public parking ramps within walking distance of the march location. For parking ramp locations, availability, hours, electric vehicle charging station locations and parking ramp prices, visit https://www.cityofmadison.com/parking-utility/garages-lots.
What should I bring?
Weather appropriate clothing & comfortable footwear
Water to drink
Signs & positive energy
How do I sign up to volunteer?
So glad you asked! You can sign up as a day-of volunteer by filling out this form!
I’m part of an organization; how can my organization become a partner to the march?
If your organization would like to become a partner to this march, please fill out this form. Partnering organizations are asked to support the march as they are able – through promotion, identifying volunteers day-of-march, or other creative capacities.
In return for promoting the event, partnering organizations will be listed on the website and Facebook event page. Partnering organizations are also encouraged to engage in the planning of the march at a deeper level if desired.
If your organization has decided to partner with this event, please fill out the form below. Partnering organizations may table at the March as well, but must bring their own supplies (including tents and tables).
I want to post on social media and take pictures at the march! What hashtags should I use and what accounts should I follow?
Thank you for spreading the word! You can use #MadisonClimateMarch, tweet @MadClimateMarch and like Madison Climate March. We also encourage you to tweet why you march to @MGEMadison.
We also request that any pictures that are taken are sent to MadisonPCM@gmail.com.
What is the Madison Climate March’s connection to People’s Climate March in DC and why isn’t the Madison Climate March happening on April 29?
The Madison Climate March is a sister march to the People’s Climate March in DC, which is happening on April 29. We are calling it the Madison Climate March to avoid confusion between the two events, but we share the values of jobs, justice & climate.
The Madison Climate March is happening on April 22, Earth Day, because the Crazy Legs Race and the Mifflin Block Party are both happening on April 29. But good news – this means you can march in Madison and then take your energy to DC! Reserve your seat on the bus to DC from Madison here.
What is the relationship between the March for Science – Madison and the Madison Climate March?
April 22 is also the date of the March for Science – Madison, which begins at 1:00 pm. The two events were originally hoping to merge, but differences in purpose and theory of change have resulted in two separate events. The Madison Climate March believes that addressing climate change takes everyone, everywhere — that means political engagement, pressure on our local leaders from the private sector, and long-term activism for sustaining systemic change. Ultimately, science and climate advocacy are close allies, so wherever you decide to go on April 22, we are happy that you’re engaged and involved.