Happening Women: Wellington Grandma, 72, to Walk Across U.S.

Kathe Thompson

Kathe Thompson

We’re not only going to walk the walk,we’re going to talk the talk every step of the way. We’ll hear stories from those who have found innovative ways to adapt to climate change, and I’ll share what Florida is doing to rouse our elected officials to actions through Sea Level Rise Symposiums, our four-county SE Florida Regional Climate Action Plan, advocacy events, workshops and more.”

 – Kate Thomspon of Wellington

Activist Kathe Thompson, a Wellington grandmother of 72 and a former president of the League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County, is going for a walk — a 3,000 mile walk from Los Angeles to Washington D.C. as part of The Great March for Climate Action. Although several hundred people are expected to participate in this cross-country hike, Kathe may be the only one from South Florida planning to make all 7 million steps.

The goal of The Great March for Climate Action is to change the heart and mind of the American people, elected leaders and people across the world to act now to address the climate crisis. This will be one of the largest coast-to-coast marches in American history, with the goal of building the broadest possible public consensus and is focused strictly on the climate crisis.

The March leaves from Wilmington, California on March 1 and arrive in the Nation’s Capitol right around Election Day 2014. With the goal of walking 14 miles a day, six days a week, the participants will hike through California, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Maryland.