A series of high-profile climate change awareness events is taking place in New York City starting today and is poised to change the world – with your help. The massive campaign kicks off this weekend on September 21st as tens of thousands of climate activists are expected to converge in the city for the People’s Climate March. Already being called the “largest climate march in history,” the two-mile trek will head through midtown Manhattan in hopes of calling attention to the urgent need for vigorous climate change initiatives. Read on to find out everything you need to know to make history as part of this massive movement.


To date, more than 1,000 organizations have signed up to support the People’s Climate March. The high-profile event is the first climate march since 2013, when tens of thousands of protesters met in Washington D.C. to protest the Keystone XL pipeline project.

The march will coincide with Climate Week NYC and a U.N. Climate Summit where Secretary­ General Ban Ki-­moon will urge nations to come to an agreement that would dramatically reduce global warming pollution. Although the summit is not considered an official U.N. session, international attendees are expected to come up with “significant and substantial initiatives to help move the world toward a path that will limit global warming.”

In addition to the Climate March and U.N. Summit, NYC will be strongly supporting the clean climate cause with Climate Week NYC, taking place from the 22nd until the 28th. Organized by The Climate Group, supporters will be able to participate in over 100 events, activities and community meetings around the city.

For those wanting to join the cause and participate in the People’s Climate March, here are a few tips to get you there:

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1. Arrival

The Climate March kicks off at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, September 21st at Columbus Circle on the south end of Central Park. Organizers are offering a variety of low-carbon travel options such as bus transportation and a ride share system. For West Coasters traveling to NYC, The Sierra Club is organizing the People’s Climate Train, which takes off from San Francisco and will cross the country to NYC. And for those wanting to make a hard-core entrance to the march, you could meet up with a group of extreme climate marchers that are currently trekking their way towards NYC at the moment. For anyone coming in from out of town and needing a place to stay in the city, the organization has also put together a resource of locals offering lodging.

Of course, everyone is invited to join the march, but for those that are very passionate about a specific climate change issue, there will be different groups walking together within the march itself. For more information on the route and overall logistics, visit People’s Climate March.

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2. Activities

For those not able to attend the march, there are also a number of local events taking place around NYC during Climate Awareness Week.

  • The Converge for Climate Converage will take place from the 21st-23rd and focus on finding creative new solutions for climate action. “The root of the problem is an economic system that exploits people and the planet for profit,” state the organizers. “It is a system that requires constant growth, exploitation, warfare, racism, poverty and ever-increasing ecological devastation to function.” 
  • Our Power Campaign is holding a People’s Climate Justice Summit on September 22nd and 23rd. The event will focus on “the frontlines of climate change where the poor and vulnerable are often the hardest hit.” The summit will take place at the U.N. Church Center, directly across the street from the U.N., and the proceedings will be transmitted live.
  • The Religions For The Earth Conference will take place on September 19th through the 21st, bringing 200 religious and spiritual leaders from across the world to gather for a multi-faith service focused on climate change. The conference will be held at Union Theological Seminary.

A full list of events can be found at Climate Week NYC.

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3. Organization

With so many events taking place, it might be a bit of a head-spin to figure out how to wisely use your time. However, organizing your calendar will help you take in as much as possible without getting burned out. For a list of events in addition to the Climate Week NYC calendar, the People’s Climate March calendar will keep you abreast of the various activities such as:

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4. Global Participation

For anyone who cannot make it to NYC to attend the march, there are a number of events around the world that will be organized in collaboration with Climate Week. According to 350.org, there are 1,500 events taking place in 130 countries, and simultaneous marches will take place in London, Paris, Melbourne, Berlin, and New Delhi.

Additionally, for those looking to follow the U.N. Climate Summit every step of the way, the event will be broadcast live online. During the week-long climate awareness push, there will be a number of social media campaigns featuring the Twitter hashtags #climate2014, #ClimateMarch, and #PeoplesClimate.

+ People’s Climate March
+ Climate Week NYC
+ Climate Change Summit 2014

Via Think Progress