Almost 400,000 Urge Climate Action At The People’s Climate March In New York City
The largest climate action in history took place yesterday when almost 400,000 people gathered in New York City to participate in the People’s Climate March. The demonstrators took to the streets of midtown Manhattan, demanding action on climate change ahead of the United Nations Climate Summit taking place this week.
The event destroyed pre-march estimates by organizers, who initially expected roughly 100,000 activists to attend. Joining the throngs of everyday people were celebrities and dignitaries such as former Vice President Al Gore, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, and actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo. Around the world, hundreds of thousands more joined 2,646 events in 156 countries. Long-time environmental leader Bill McKibben described the event as “the day the climate movement came of age.”
Take a look at some incredible photos from the event below and check out this video to get a sense of just how enormous the crowd actually was.
There were protesters in London…
And Nepal. (And 153 other counties.)
And there were excellent signs.