Take ‘Steps for the Earth’ at First Annual Tzu Chi Walk in Solidarity for Climate Action & Disaster Relief

National Headquarters  |  July 31, 2019

Registration is now open for the first annual Tzu Chi Walk: Steps for the Earth, a 2K charity event that welcomes all walks of life in support of international disaster relief and reduction through climate action. The event will take place on Saturday, August 17 in Los Angeles, California, from 4:00 – 9:00 PM PST at the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area

As the devastating impact of climate change increases the severity of natural disasters, it’s time to recognize the role we each play in global sustainability. Steps for the Earth aims to join together 5,000 participants to redirect disaster focus to prevention and climate action on an individual level by raising awareness.

To date, our sponsors for Steps for the Earth include Condor Outdoor Products and Los Angeles County Supervisor and former US Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis. Potential sponsors can expect to receive exceptional engagement and social amplification with a community of active, socially conscious individuals. Additional volunteers, and food and product vendors are also welcome to register. 

The Global Threat

2018 Camp Fire scorched Butte County in Northern California. Photo from Shutterstock

The threat of climate change can be seen in communities around the world. When devastating wildfires set the state of California ablaze 2018, our relief team provided a total of $4,783,802 in emergency aid to impacted communities through our Hope Heals campaign. Aid was distributed via cash cards to allow recipients to prioritize funding towards their most pressing needs.

Flooding in St. Louis, Missouri. Photo by Beajia Laschober
Volcano eruption in lower Puna, Hawaii during 2018. Photo by Jaime Puerta
Flooding in St. Louis, Missouri. Photo by Beajia Laschober
Volcano eruption in lower Puna, Hawaii during 2018. Photo by Jaime Puerta

Our relief efforts didn’t stop there last year. Outside of California, our team provided aid to Kauai families impacted by the Mount Kilauea historic eruption. After Hurricane Florence made landfall in the Carolinas, 578 survivors were given $261,500 in aid. Following destruction in Florida from Hurricane Michael, $376,000 in emergency relief helped more than 2,130 individuals restore hope and resiliency. 

Steps for the Earth proceeds will directly benefit disaster survivors like these in their long-term recovery. Additionally, collective climate action will reduce future disaster risk in vulnerable communities as we move away from our environmentally hazardous habits.

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Participant of the 2014 People's Climate March. Photo by Peter Lin

All are encouraged to take Steps for the Earth, including those who have received help from Tzu Chi in the past. The event will provide a unique platform for former aid recipients to share their stories as we band together for a better world. Remember, every step counts!

A registration fee of $20 includes participation eligibility and a complimentary t-shirt. The event will begin with the 2K walk and culminate in an interfaith prayer and concert at the finish line. Find additional information on the FAQ webpage. 

In order to address underlying causes of global disasters, we need to take united action to reduce harmful effects on the environment. Move towards a cleaner, safer future by registering today and help us reach our goal of 5,000 participants! See you at the finish line.

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