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The People’s Climate March brought together a hundred thousand folks from all over the country for a friendly, peaceful, festive but politically pointed demonstration intended to “sound the alarm” that necessary steps can and must be taken to reverse the already-alarming effects of global climate change. The protests are timed to coincide with an historic summit meeting on the climate change hosted by the United Nations. Will this march have an effect? We’ll see. People in the streets rarely have an impact on decisions made in the board rooms of oil companies. But the march can also be measured by its impact on participants. I kept thinking of the key point Al Gore made in his film An Inconvenient Truth, that it’s all too easy to go from denial to despair and bypass the step of action. Doing whatever it takes to get off your butt and join the motley crowds of citizen participants making noise in the street constitutes action.