The largest climate march in history takes place this Sunday – and if you care about the environment and securing a sustainable future for people on planet earth we hope to see you there! The People’s Climate March is expected to be the biggest march since the Civil Rights and Vietnam era, and it takes place at 11:30 a.m. ET on September 21st, 2014. Read on for everything you need to know about this important event!
What is the People’s Climate March?
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called a special Climate Summit for Heads of State and world industry leaders at UN Headquarters in New York on Tuesday 23 September, 2014. The summit will to provide a forum “to announce new commitments and practical actions to address climate change.” Basically, things are getting real and the UN wants to put a rocket under world leaders to spur them into taking more dramatic action on climate change.
Where and when will it take place?
The People’s Climate March is scheduled to commence at Columbus Circle, Central Park, NYC, at 11:30 a.m on Sunday 21 September.
Who can attend?
It’s not a demonstration against anything or anyone, but rather a family-friendly show of unity for positive action on climate change to encourage world leaders to reinvigorate their efforts. It is a violence-, alcohol- and drug-free event.
How many people will be there?
In NYC, organizers are hoping over 100,000 people will join the march, which is expected to continue until 4:30 p.m. Participants are free to jump in and out of the march anywhere along the roughly two-mile route, but you are encouraged to indicate in advance that you will be participating by signing up here.
Where can I receive updates about the march?
The People’s Climate March website regularly updates logistical information about the march here. The website also lists interstate and regional transportation options, including rideshare boards and details of organized, chartered bus and train travel to the event. An accommodation board has also been set up; if you are looking for or can provide accommodation in NYC click here.
What if I’m not in New York City?
Outside of NYC, thousands of supporting events have been organized. For a guide to international events, see the searchable map here. And if there’s nothing happening near you yet, why not start an event yourself? The People’s Climate March website has plenty of information and printables you can use, and you can register your own event here. You can also follow unfolding events on Twitter using the hashtags #climate2014, #ClimateMarch, and #PeoplesClimate.
Why does this matter?
As Bill McKibben, co-founder of 350.org, states in Rolling Stone, the march is “an invitation to anyone who’d like to prove to themselves, and to their children, that they give a damn about the biggest crisis our civilization has ever faced.”
Images by Matthew Anderson and map via People’s Climate March