In what one participating organization is calling a “holy sh*t response to a holy sh*t climate moment”, tens of thousands of climate activists from around the world are planning to converge in New York City on September 21st for what organizers are predicting will be the largest climate march in history. The People’s Climate March is timed to coincide with a UN summit on the climate crisis where Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon will be facilitating talks with world leaders on reducing global greenhouse gas emissions in hopes of reaching a significant agreement at the 2015 climate conference in Paris.
As of June, there were more than 325 organizations that signed up to participate, including Bill McKibben’s 350.org. In May, McKibben wrote an open invitation to the event in Rolling Stone Magazine, writing that “this is an invitation, an invitation to come to New York City. 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.”
In 2013, the biggest climate rally in U.S. history took place in Washington, D.C., with the focus on urging President Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline and take action on global warming. The NYC march will cast a much wider net, with the call to action directed not just at New York and the United States, but the world. The official website states that “our demand is a world we know is within our reach: a world with an economy that works for people and the planet. In short, a world safe from the ravages of climate change.”
Besides the main march in NYC, there will be coordinated actions across the world in support of the ralliers. The online activist network Avaaz has already signed up more than 350,000 people to join the global day of action.
“Building the world we want to see will take years. But we’ve got a chance to make real progress on fighting climate change in just a matter of months,” writes NYC Environmental Justice Alliance Executive Director Eddie Bautista. “It’s only going to work if you come out and join us. See you in the streets.”
Click here to sign up for the NYC People’s Climate March.
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