We’ve never seen anything like it at the marsh.
First a few bicyclists arrived, then the echoes of chants and drums, and then a mammoth line of students, teachers, parents, neighbors, future voters and climate activists lining up block after block across Pacific Beach to arrive at Kendall-Frost Marsh Reserve. We were expecting a few dozen attendees. Instead, the police counted over 500.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the first-ever “March to the Marsh” in support of the Global Climate Walkout on Sept. 20 as students in over 150 countries worldwide took to the streets to call for active, engaged climate policy and climate action.
Big thanks to everyone who walked, carried a sign, and continues the fight for our planet’s future. We’re particularly grateful to our ReWild Mission Bay coalition, along with our friends at San Diego 350, which organized climate walkouts all across San Diego.
We’re also thankful for the San Diego City College Audubon Club, UC Natural Reserve System, Unite Here! Local 30, AFT Guild 1931, and the students and staff of Mission Bay High School, San Diego City College and the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District.
Great job by San Diego Audubon conservation director Andrew Meyer as emcee and host, and thanks to our guests who shared remarks, including:
- Yasmeen Obeid from AFT Guild 1931
- Ana Armenta Vega from San Diego City College Audubon
- Dyani Melgarejo from the City College chapter of the Society for the Advancement of Chicano and Native American Students (SACNAS)
- Vanessa Cascante of the Mission Bay High School Eco Club
- Isabelle Kay of the UC Natural Reserve System
- Dr. Matt Costa, wetland sequestration researcher
- Supervisor Nathan Fletcher
- Mayoral candidate Tasha Williamson
- Jordan Beane and Monica Eslamian from Councilmember Jennifer Campbell’s office.
Photos by Tommy Hough. Walk photos by Andrew Meyer. Aerial drone photos courtesy of San Diego 350.