The second day of the 12 days action was wrapped around the theme – Climate Change. To address this, different footmarches had their own approaches but what was common in them was to observe a “No Cars day”. On the second day, marchers and people in solidarity with these marches pledged to have at least one day of the week, where they will not be using vehicles that are supported with fossil fuels.
This message was also shared during various meetings held in various parts of India. In the district of Datiya ( Madhya Pradesh ) – an issue of unemployment was also raised as it was a main concern in the post covid era.
In another region of Sheopur – which was recently affected by heavy floods – a strong concern towards climate change and how its impact can lead to natural calamities were discussed.
In the North Eastern States of Assam and Manipur – many people continued their marches despite facing heavy rains. In the state of Chhattisgarh – many indegineous marchers joined the foot march and actively participated in discussions about their habitat rights. In districts like Ashoknagar, marchers had to even cross a river but even that could break their will of walking for Justice and peace. Marches from the district of Lalitpur( Uttar Pradesh ) also received a grand welcome from the villagers.
The marches also received a lot of support from local leaders like the village head and members of various political parties. Various marches were received with flowers and garlands.
As many footmarches are being organised in the rural areas of India, where even cellular networks aren’t available, even then the spirits of marchers are alive.