New York City-based Buddhist organizations are planning a “rolling retreat” down to Washington, D.C. on April 29, with three teachers across traditions for what is being billed as the “People’s Climate Mobilization.”
Buddhist Climate Action Network (BCAN), New York Insight, and Compassion NYC (Buddhist Global Relief) have rented buses that will leave New York City at 6 a.m. on the day of the march, which starts at 12 p.m. The buses return to New York that evening around 8 p.m.
Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara (Zen), Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi (Theravada), and Colin Beavan (Zen) will be the teachers giving talks during the ride down on “how to address the current climate crisis from a place of compassion and equanimity,” according to a news release sent out by BCAN.
At the April march, activists are planning to respond to Trump’s executive orders that support the Keystone and Dakota Access pipelines, as well as to issues of concern that include immigration and healthcare. The People’s Climate Mobilization is being organized by the same coalition that staged the 2014 People’s Climate March in New York City, when nearly 400,000 people marched to raise awareness about global warming ahead of a United Nations summit.
Bus tickets are available and can be purchased online at https://www.compassionnyc.org/rolling-retreat/.