Declare Climate Emergency Stand-in with Shoes

Friday, May 22

MESSAGE: We demand the City of Boston declare a climate and ecological emergency. We've proven from our nation's response to the COVID-19 pandemic that society can act swiftly to address an emergency and now it's time to respond to the scale of the climate crisis.

ACTION: A socially-distanced stand-in at City Hall Plaza. To show that we're taking the pandemic seriously we're going to use shoes to represent the voices of those in XR Mass who want to be there in person but cannot, and also create symbology of the people that we have lost to COVID-19 and will lose to the climate crisis.

If you want to attend in person, please bring 10-20 pairs of shoes with you. If you have pairs to offer for someone else to bring, sign up and we'll organize getting them from you. City Hall is open on Tuesdays and Fridays during COVID so we're hoping to get some attention from officials and media. Given that there may not be many people out, we are hoping for lots of pictures and video that get picked up by media/social media.

TIME: 7:30am - 10am (starting early to make sure we are there for City Hall opening at 8am)

MATERIALS: Bring any signs or art related to the climate emergency, COVID, or XR, either to hold or to put in some of the shoes. If you have any speeches or quotes related to linking the two crises please bring them to share. Be sure to wear a face mask.

For an idea of what it will look like, take a look at XR Amsterdam's action: https://www.instagram.com/p/B_FjgvyH7e1/.


Wheelchair accessible from the street and from the T