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article imageGlobal climate protest draws thousands around the world

By Karen Graham     Sep 21, 2014 in Environment
Tens and tens of thousands of people gathered in hundreds of events in cities around the world today, in a call to action against climate change and other environmental issues impacting our planet.
From New York City to New Delhi, and in London, Melbourne, and many other countries around the world, people gathered and took to the streets in a march to bring attention to global climate change. It is estimated that over 2,500 rallies will be taking place globally in the few days before the United Nations Climate Summit to be held in New York City this week.
In New York City, the grassroots group Azaaz.org, along with climate advocacy group 350.org played a huge role in organizing the worldwide event, raising almost $10 million for advertising and other expenses to help get the march off on the right track. But the efforts of organizations worldwide are what has made today a success.
New York street at the start of  the climate march.
New York street at the start of the climate march.
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The New York march is possibly the largest, with close to 100,000 people from all across the U.S., Canada and a number of other countries participating. The Sierra Club estimates 25,000 to 30,000 of their members will be marching today, the group’s president, Michael Brune, told Mashable.
Other notable figures are expected to show up at the New York march, including two U.S. Senators, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, and in a first-time ever appearance, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is planning to “lock arms” with some of the marchers today.
Students at JNTUH College in Hyderabad  India organized a movie screening of  Disruption  and conduc...
Students at JNTUH College in Hyderabad, India organized a movie screening of "Disruption" and conducted a big rally.
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The march is just two days before the U.N. Climate Summit set to begin on Tuesday. The summit will draw 120 world leaders, as well as representatives from the business world and civil society groups. According to the White House, President Obama is expected to tout the progress the U.S. has made in cutting emissions domestically in the last few years. Obama will also offer several new initiatives to help developing countries increase their climate change resiliency.
People s Climate March in Istanbul  Turkey today.
People's Climate March in Istanbul, Turkey today.
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Melbourne, Australia march attracts 30,000 people
In Melbourne, over 30,000 people converged on the city's Treasury Gardens Sunday afternoon. Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who declined to participate in the march, saying he had to stay in Canberra, plans to head to New York on Monday for a U.N. Security Council meeting on terrorism.
GetUp! Campaigns chief-of-staff Erin McCallum said, "This is a clear testament that Australians want climate action regardless of what Tony Abbott and his government are doing right now. The key message today is we're doing what he won't, we're standing up, we're taking action as consumers, as citizens, as Australians around the world and all around Australia today."
London climate march draws 40,000 people
Actress Emma Thompson and musician Peter Gabriel joined over 40,000 British flood victims and climate marchers in London today, demanding world leaders take action in tackling rising temperatures around the world. The marchers went from the Embankment by way of Whitehall to the Houses of Parliament in Central London.
The UK s Youth.
The UK's Youth.
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Before the start of the march, Emma Thompson said, "Every single person on this earth has the power to change the world. And when we all come together, our power becomes irresistible. Together we have built countries and cultures and technologies. Now we must use our power to tackle the biggest threat humanity has ever faced."
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Katmandu, Nepal
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