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Q&As for the People’s Climate March Trip

 

Is there a solidarity event in MN? Yes! Join with others at a local march in MN.

How do I meet up with Minnesotans if I am traveling to DC on own? For folks who are traveling to the People’s Climate March in DC but who are NOT taking our buses, please fill out this form if you want to be connected to the other Minnesotans while in DC.  You will receive information from our team about the march and our Minnesota meet-up.

NOTE: We will NOT be providing housing to folks not riding with us on our buses, but you can find info on housing possibilities in DC here: http://peoplesclimate.org/housing/

Where will the buses be departing from? For Twin Cities buses, the departure location will be in South Minneapolis. We will share more details as soon as they are confirmed. Thanks for your patience!

Where do I sleep? All buses that include DC overnights also include a basic space to sleep in DC, typically in a church. This is arranged with an eye towards keeping overall ticket prices as low as possible, so it may be simply a floor space in a sanctuary or side room. Bring your own bedding or sleeping bag and mat. Based on previous feedback, we should note here that the trip organizers cannot guarantee a perfectly quiet night, or a perfectly dark sleeping room, or a plentiful supply of bathrooms, although we will, of course, do our best in every case. Our housing tends to work well for 95% of travelers. If you have needs for more comfortable accommodations than what is described here, we ask that you book your own hotel room and arrange your own local transportation (such as a taxi) from our group housing to your hotel. Any buses that include camping overnight on the way to DC (such as Route 3) assume that you will bring your own camping gear, such as a tent, for your use. If you are traveling to DC by your own means (car, bus, train, plane), you will be responsible for your own housing.

What about food? We make an effort to source food donations for each bus. ( If you can help donate food, fill out our volunteering form and indicate that you can help with this.) This generally means that we have enough snacks on the bus for the ride to DC and often for the ride back also, although special or restrictive diets may not be accommodated. We do not provide food while in DC. You are welcome to bring your own snacks or meals for any part of the trip (and extra to share if you like!) and/or money to purchase food from highway rest stops or while in DC. The bus will stop approximately every four hours for very short food/bathroom breaks.

Are there bathrooms on the bus? There is a bathroom on each bus. The bus will stop approximately every four hours as well for short bathroom breaks. What about outlets/wifi on the bus or in the DC lodging? There may be a limited amount of power outlets and a wifi network onboard the bus, but these amenities vary by bus and we do not guarantee their availability. Please bring your own portable power pack and cell phone or hotspot if this is important to you. We similarly cannot guarantee these amenities in our DC lodging, although there are plenty of coffee shops etc in DC where you can find wifi and outlets.

Is the bus comfortable?  The buses we charter are fairly standard motorcoaches with a capacity of 50 passengers. These are not school buses. There is space for luggage underneath and small luggage racks onboard above the seats. The seats recline slightly and have reading lights. Many passengers choose to bring a blanket or sleeping bag onboard the bus with the since we do travel overnight and it can be easier to get a good night’s sleep with a blanket.

Who is organizing this trip? These buses are organized by MNIPL, MN350, Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light, Sierra Club North Star Chapter, and TakeAction MN, and are open to all who would like to attend the People’s Climate March. Contact mn2pcm2@mn350.org with questions.

What’s your refund policy? We recognize that things come up and plans change. We are willing to provide a full refund for tickets if a request is made via email to mn2pcm2@mn350.org before 11 pm CT on Saturday, April 22. After that point, no refunds will be given.

Should I book today or wait until closer to the trip date? Book as soon as possible, today if you can. Once these buses fill up, we close off ticket purchases and even though we’d love to have you travel with us, we have to say no if we don’t have the room. For the last People’s Climate March, we ended up turning away about 50 people who waited until the final few days to try to book. It’s often impossible to add extra buses at the last minute (we tried!) even if we have enough people to fill one. If you want to come to DC from Minnesota for the People’s Climate March, please book as soon as you can to guarantee a seat!

When will the buses return to Minneapolis? Buses will return around 5pm on April 30th