People’s Climate March – September 21, 2014 in New York City

The People’s Climate March scheduled for Sunday, September 21, 2014, in New York City is shaping up to be the largest climate march in history.

Disruption Climate Change FilmAs a lead-up to the big day, the planners just released Disruption, a 52-minute film made by and for the climate movement.

This powerful, heartrending, yet hopeful film weaves together stories of climate change impact, mobilizing for the People’s Climate March, and how social movements can influence government policy. Everyone should watch it.

Click the poster to watch the movie.

Forward on Climate Rally – 2013

Rev. Lennox Yearwood of Hip Hop Caucus Kicks Off Forward on Climate Rally in Washington, D.C. February 17, 2013 - Photo: Shadia Faye Wood
Rev. Lennox Yearwood at Forward on Climate Rally – Photo: Shadia Faye Wood

Last year, 350.org., the Sierra Club, and the Hip Hop Caucus joined forces to organize the Forward on Climate Rally in Washington, D.C. Over President’s Day weekend, more than 50,000 people braved the February cold and marched to the White House to demand President Obama reject the Keystone XL Pipeline project and take action on climate change. It was the largest climate rally ever in held in the United States.

“All I’ve ever wanted to see is a movement to stop climate change, and now I’ve seen it!” —Bill McKibben, co-founder 350.org

“Today’s the day when our movement takes off!” —Michael Brune, Executive Director, Sierra Club

People’s Climate March – 2104

The upcoming People’s Climate March is a coalition of environmental, indigenous, social justice, faith, labor, student, science, and other organizations powered by 350.org’s exceptional event planning machine and social media prowess.

Statue of Liberty Sinking in the Arctic Ocean - Image: Christian Aslund / GreenpeaceThe date selected for the march, Sunday, September 21, 2014, is significant. World leaders will be gathering in New York City to attend the United Nations Climate Summit 2014 two days later on September 23. President Obama says he plans to attend the summit. What a great opportunity to capture the attention of not only the President, but of heads of state from all over the world, and demand they take action on climate change.

Imagine the complexity of pulling off an event of the magnitude of the People’s Climate March: coordinating with local authorities, mapping out the route, obtaining equipment, helping people find transportation and lodging, getting the word out, directing volunteer activities, and dealing with the media.

Now picture yourself walking peaceably down 6th Avenue past Times Square with thousands of like-minded people, carrying a poster emblazoned with your climate message, and being part of a historical moment. Wow, I wish I were going to be there.

For those of us who will not be in New York City for the People’s Climate March, we need not be idle. Besides being there in spirit, we can spread the word, and we can take actions of our own.

At the very least, watch Disruption and pass on the link.

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Author: Linda Poppenheimer

Linda researches and writes about environmental topics to share information, spark conversation, and convince people to take action to keep earth habitable for all. She believes our individual actions do matter—it all adds up.

4 thoughts on “People’s Climate March – September 21, 2014 in New York City”

  1. BTW there are going to be several solidarity marches in other cities for those not able to get to NY, Los Angeles among them. I’m going to miss it by two days… dang!

  2. This should be our first step in the Climate March!
    http://meatonomics.com/

    “As environmental science has advanced, it has become apparent that the human appetite for animal flesh is a driving force behind virtually every major category of environmental damage now threatening the human future: deforestation, erosion, fresh water scarcity, air and water pollution, climate change, biodiversity loss, social injustice, the destabilization of communities, and the spread of disease.” Worldwatch Institute, “Is Meat Sustainable?”

    “If every American skipped one meal of chicken per week and substituted vegetables and grains… the carbon dioxide savings would be the same as taking more than half a million cars off of U.S. roads.” Environmental Defense Fund

    “A 1% reduction in world-wide meat intake has the same benefit as a three trillion-dollar investment in solar energy.” ~ Chris Mentzel, CEO of Clean Energy

    If Al Gore can do it, you can too! I did it 26 years ago and consider it one of the best decisions of my life.
    Step by Step Guide: How to Transition to a Vegan Diet http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-food/step-by-step-guide-how-to-transition-to-vegan-diet/

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