This last Saturday, over 800 people marched into Downtown Boston to demand a national solution to global warming: at least 80% cuts in carbon by 2050. The march was the final leg of the Interfaith Walk for Climate Rescue that began over 100 miles away in Northampton, Massachusetts. For ten days, walkers had stayed in churches each night and strapped on their shoes each morning for another day of marching and singing. The walk had begun in a blizzard, but we crossed the Charles River into Boston on a beautiful spring day, full of hope and excitement for the next steps of this growing movement.

Something was in the air this weekend in Boston. At the end of the walk, nearly 1,000 people rallied at Old South Church, where Samuel Adams first called for his fellow citizens to join the Boston Tea Party. Leaders from a number of faiths addressed the diverse crowd, drawing on their spiritual traditions as inspiration to take action on global warming. Sitting in a pew up in the balcony, we couldn’t help but feel that this was the solution we have been waiting for: people from all backgrounds coming together to take action on the defining challenge of our time. As Bob Edgar, national secretary of the National Council of Churches, lead the crowd in declaring, “We are the leaders we have been waiting for.”

Later, in Copley Square Plaza, we heard from a variety of leaders who are taking action on global warming. A group of young students from Chelsea, MA got the entire crowd to take out their cell-phones, enter the governor’s office number, and pledge to tell him to not support a new diesel power plant in the youths’ neighborhood. Rev. Fred Small, highlighted Step It Up and a number of upcoming events as evidence of a growing, powerful movement. And, our friend Kendra from Smith College, announced a new, student lead campaign, “Stand With Us” which will continue to lobby congress after April 14. There was also music, plenty of cheering, and the profound sense of hope that comes from marching, struggling, and celebrating together.

On Sunday, that hope continued to grow at the Northeast Student Climate Conference. The conference, planned in conjunction with the Interfaith Walk, pulled together student leaders from across the Northeast and beyond for a weekend of trainings and planning sessions. “The summit was a great success,” said Maura Cowley, a lead organizer with the Sierra Student Coalition. “Students will be returning to their campuses on Monday morning armed with a new set of skills to make change, and just as important, an inspired vision for a clean energy future.”

At an afternoon session, May, Will, Jon, and I spoke with about thirty students who are planning Step It Up actions on their campuses. In New Hampshire, Lauren from UNH and a group of community members are planning for a day of speakers, a rally, and a joint potluck with a group of peace activists in the evening. In Maine, Jack and his fellow Bates students are planning a bike-ride and a rally at the state capitol, while Seth is planning an event at the Chewonki Foundation on the sea-coast.

As we listened to the description of these actions and others, I looked over at Will and saw a big smile spreading over his face. All of us shared his enthusiasm, excitement, and immense gratitude to these organizers. Sitting in front of our computer screens in Burlington, VT, it is sometimes hard to grasp the extent to which this movement has spread. Being in Massachusetts, marching and singing with local Step It Up organizers, was such a great inspiration for us to give it our all these final weeks.

That’s what we ask of you, too. As author and friend Ross Gelbspan said to us this afternoon, we’re not sure what the future holds, but as people of conscience we are asked to keep walking forward together, confident that our commitment, passion, and spirit will carry us through this crisis. Give these final weeks your all and April 14 will go down in history as the moment we turned this country around, away from destruction and towards a sustainable future. In conclusion, we echo Bob Edgars, you are the leaders we have been waiting for. We can’t wait for the 14th!