Four months ago, Steve Norris, 70, was lying awake in his bed in Asheville, N.C.
“I was thinking, oh my god, what kind of planet are my great-grandchildren going to have when they’re 70,” says Norris, who has four children, six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. “It does scare me, you know, that the kind of civilization we have, we won’t be able to sustain that because of sea level rises, climate changes, droughts and so on. There’s a whole range of possible consequences that could come out of climate change.”
So Norris reached out to some older activists in the Asheville area with the general idea of organizing a march on Washington. Eventually the group decided to get younger people involved too, earned the support of established environmental groups like the Chesapeake Climate Action Network and 350.org, and the Walk for Our Grandchildren was born.