Our march is 11miles past Payson this afternoon. We are beginning to ascend the Mogollan Rim. The ‘Rim’ is hundreds of miles long and rises several thousand feet above Payson. Locals told me it catches most of the rain Arizona gets. Elevation gain means it’s getting colder as we climb and the group expects cold nights and cool, breezy days. We are also expecting to see a little rain in a few days.
Too bad we didn’t have more time in Payson. Community members arranged activities like the a potluck dinner, home showers and camp space at the Payson Christian School. It was quite uplifting to have dinner and interact with the townsfolk. The City Council presented a proclamation about the climate march, and recognized local efforts toward sustainability. A Payson minister said, ” I approach the climate issue with the serenity prayer; God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” I honor his approach, but I hope this also leads to a willingness to engage the political mechanism. It was encouragement none the less.