The People’s Climate March on September 21 will be the largest protest about climate change in the U.S. history. It’s attracting thousands of people from places as far away as Kansas. The march, aimed at raising awareness about climate change, will start at 11:30 a.m. at Columbus Circle in New York. Passing through midtown Manhattan, it ends at 11th Avenue and 34th Street. Here is the full route map.
Climate march comes two days before the UN Climate Summit
Preparations are in full swing. Hundreds of activists are working to turn the event into a visual spectacle. Scientists are building a chalkboard to show calculations about carbon; religious leaders are building an arc; Hurricane Sandy victims are working round the clock on a 3-foot life preserver. Artists have come to the city from as far away as Germany to participate in preparations.
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The protest has changed the mood of the New York City. The climate march was approved by Police Department last month. Protesters will exhibit their anger and frustration over the lack of action by the U.S. and world leaders to deal with climate change. Notably, it comes just days before the United Nations Climate Summit next week.
About 160 countries to hold climate march on Sunday
Over the past few years, headlines have been dominated by super-storms, droughts, and resource conflicts. Sunday’s climate march will end at 1:00 pm. with a moment of cacophony. About 20 church bells and marching bands will “sound the alarm” on climate change. According to The New York Times, over 500 buses are coming from different parts of the country.
That’s not all. The protest on Sunday with coincide with similar protests in 158 countries. More and more people have come to realize that the only real solution to climate change is to build a true democracy and a new economy grounded in ecological stewardship and human rights. We must think what kind of world our future generations will inherit.