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article imageNew York preparing for People's Climate March

By Karen Graham     Sep 15, 2014 in Environment
New York City - Organizers are expecting a huge crowd to descend on a blocked-off area in Central Park, north of Manhattan's Columbus Circle on Sunday, Sept. 21 to participate in the People's Climate March. It's "an invitation to change everything," says Bill McKibben.
In May 2014, a call went out for a global march, intended as a response to, and not a protest, the upcoming United Nations Climate Summit being held in New York starting on Sept. 23. The environmental organization,, founded by writer and activist Bill McKibben, started the event, calling the global effort the People's Climate March.
What is particularly interesting about the coming march is the fact that no one group is going to be dominant. Instead, over 1,000 groups, from trade unions, environmental groups, church groups and others groups, big and small will participate, making this march the largest ever to gather at a rally calling for climate change action on a global scale.
While the event is based in New York, it is global in its intent, with organizers stating there will be "companion demonstrations" worldwide. And more than a march, the event will cover two days of symposiums, presentations and other micro-events leading up to and following the primary event, the march from Central park.
Commencing at 11:30 a.m. from Columbus Circle, and heading south, the march will end at 34th Street and 11th Avenue, near the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, a distance of about two miles. Global marches will also commence, based on local dates and times, in Berlin, New Delhi, Paris, Lagos, London, Melbourne and many other cities. For a list of cities near you, please go to this website.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited world leaders, from government, finance and business to Climate Summit 2014 on Sept. 23 in New York City. The purpose of the gathering is to "galvanize and catalyze climate action." More than 120 heads of state and government have already committed to attend this important summit, including President barack Obama of the U.S.
New York City Councilman Donovan Richards, speaking at a rally on Wednesday, Sept. 10, said he expected that people from all across the country "will descend on New York City streets to let our leaders know that we can no longer turn a blind eye to this crisis." He also mentioned Superstorm Sandy, saying he hoped to never see such a storm again. "Unfortunately, the reality is that if we don't start to address global warming, I predict we will see another Sandy in our lifetime," Richards said.
Ordinary people from all walks of life have said they will march next week. Some will march because whale and polar bears can't march. Others will march on behalf of our rainforests, clean drinking water or clean air. And everyone will be marching, young and old, for the generations yet to come. We must try to leave this world better than we found it, and many people today are angry enough to march on Sept. 23.
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