500 Parents and Kids Join the Play-In for Climate Action (Photos)

BY ON July 9, 2015

Kids playing at Washington DC play-in

On a sweltering July morning, a crowd of five hundred parents, grandparents, young children, teenagers, and concerned citizens from across the country gathered in Washington, D.C.’s Upper Senate Park for Moms Clean Air Force’s second annual Play-In for Climate Action.

After a morning of games, art-making, music, and speeches, we marched to the Capitol building and then met with our state senators. It may have been a “Play-In,” but the five-point message for lawmakers was serious:

The day of playing, marching, talking, and listening was living proof that all the money in the world can’t trump love. As Moms Clean Air Force co-founder and director, Dominique Browning noted,

“We may not have the financial backing our opponents have, but we are driven by something much stronger. We have the power of love. Our love matters.”

Here are a few Play-In highlights:

Parents and kids at Washington DC play-in holding banner reminding everyone that climate change affects our future

A reminder of why halting climate change matters.

 

Parachute play at the Washington DC play-in

Parachute play

 

Little girl drawing sign to show congress at Washington DC play-in

The kids had some of their own messages for Congress.

 

23 states were represented at the Play-In.

23 states were represented at the Play-In.

 

Some Moms Clean Air Force members were larger than life.

Some Moms Clean Air Force members were larger than life.

 

Moms Clean Air Force director, Dominique Browning welcomes the crowd, "We have the power of love...and our love matters!"

Moms Clean Air Force director, Dominique Browning welcomes the crowd, “We have the power of love…and our love matters!”

 

Parents came out in force to tell their legislators to stand up against climate change. Washington, are you listening?

Parents came out in force to tell their legislators to stand up against climate change. Washington, are you listening?

 

Reverend Gerald L. Durley noted that this event “puts a face on climate change.”

Reverend Gerald L. Durley noted that this event “puts a face on climate change.”

 

Moms Clean Air Force partner, Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments was out in full force wearing their blue scrubs. As one member noted, “Nurses advocate for their patients. What’s one of the basic things that everybody needs? Clean air. We can’t do much without it. Breathing is one of the essentials.”

Moms Clean Air Force partner, Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments was out in full force wearing their blue scrubs. As one member noted, “Nurses advocate for their patients. What’s one of the basic things that everybody needs? Clean air. We can’t do much without it. Breathing is one of the essentials.”

 

Moms Clean Field Director, Gretchen Dahlkemper and Public Health Policy and Outreach Manager, Molly Rauch led the march!

Moms Clean Field Director, Gretchen Dahlkemper and Public Health Policy and Outreach Manager, Molly Rauch led the march!

 

What's a protest without a friendly visit from the police?

What’s a protest without a friendly visit from the police?

 

We marched to the U.S. Capital 500 strong!

We marched to the U.S. Capital 500 strong!

 

And we had lots of healthy snacks to sustain kids...and parents. Such a satisfying feeling to stand up for our children's future!

And we had lots of healthy snacks to sustain kids…and parents. Such a satisfying feeling to stand up for our children’s future!

 

Thank you Moms Clean Air Force Play-In partners, Alliance for Climate Education, Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Children’s Environmental Health Network, Climate Mama, Elders Climate Action, Climate Parents, Interfaith Power & Light, Moral Action on Climate , Physicians for Social Responsibility, The Climate Mobilization, and The Climate Reality Project.

For more photos from this amazing day, click HERE.

Photos by Ted Fink Photography




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TOPICS: Activism, Climate Change, Politics, Washington DC