People’s Climate March, NYC, Sept. 21st, 2014

0921141122aOne big focus on my blog and in my writing is our responsibility towards all life on this planet, so I had to do a post about yesterday’s historic climate  march!  I believe it to be the most important issued of our day. Some estimates say as many as 300,000 people participated yesterday in NYC. Over 2800 solidarity events  occurred in 166 countries. This was the largest climate march in history, and I was thrilled to be a part of it, marching with others from all over the USA and beyond here in New York.

The march was unprecedented – in size, beauty, and impact.  We are declaring the world we desire is within our reach: a world with an economy that works for people and the planet; a world safe from the ravages of climate change; a world with good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities.

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The fight against climate change is all around us – there are people in all our communities who are standing up, to organise, to build power, and to shift power to a just, safe, peaceful world. All sorts participated in yesterday’s march. Amongst other groups, I saw scientists, politicians, non-profits, indigenous peoples groups, religious organizations, birders, universities and LGBT groups.

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It took a while to get moving on 81st, where I was on the Upper West Side  (around 2.5 hours) because the turnout was so phenomenal, but the march was peaceful, fun and well-organized. The NYC police were ultra supportive. A highlight for me was at 1:58pm, we had two minutes of silence for victims of the climate crisis – all however many thousand of us, and then a cry rose like a wave up from 60th street Central Park West, to 86th – a shout of solidarity and a cry of climate alarm. Drums, horns, tubas accompanied us.

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On Tuesday September 23rd, more than 120 world leaders will try to rally the political will for a new world-wide climate treaty by the end of 2015. With our future on the line and the whole world watching, we are took this weekend to bend the course of history. This summit is historic – and so is this mobilization. Because the fight against climate change is about us – the people who are standing up in our communities, to organize, to build power, and to shift power to a just, safe, peaceful world. Rallies took place in London and Delhi, marches in Istanbul, Manila, Cape Town, Paris and Papua New Guinea, concerts in Johannesburg — this is truly a people-powered movement: enormous, powerful, diverse and beautiful. People from all backgrounds acting locally, mobilizing their communities, shaping the future of our planet. This is just a beginning. World leaders take note!

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Do check out 350.0rg also.

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6 Responses to People’s Climate March, NYC, Sept. 21st, 2014

  1. This is great, Joanna. I’m going to check out the 350 link. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Oh wow, Joanna. That looks great. People powered! Those are fantastic, powerful two little words! Will follow the 350.org link.

  3. Wow! I love your photos of the march. I saw the march on CNN yesterday and heard the Al Gore was there too. Little did I know my friend was there too. Good for you. Solidarity is necessary and the people’s voices need to be heard! What an inspiring day you had — I can hear the excitement in your voice!

  4. I love having socially/environmentally-conscious friends! As someone married to a climate scientist, I’ve had my fair share (either myself or through my husband’s experiences) of people trying to tell us we’re wrong…people who are not even scientists, let alone climate scientist. It is truly aggravating.

    So glad you participated in this!

  5. Thanks for being there for those of us who couldn’t and sharing the amazing photos!

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