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People’s Climate March Sunday – Philly Unites & How to Join ’em
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People’s Climate March Sunday – Philly Unites & How to Join ’em

people's climate march 2014
Photo credit: Erik McGregor

Are you ready for that sound? History is being made this weekend.

The People’s Climate March is pegged to be the biggest in history on Sunday, 9/21 in this smack middle of Manhattan. With over 1000 groups coordinating the march, citizens are proving a point to our global leaders that our pathetic inaction on climate change ain’t cutting it. They’re expecting 100,000 people.

Let’s back up.

Why are people marching? 

World leaders are all heading to New York City for a UN summit on the climate crisis. UN Secretary­ General Ban Ki-­moon is urging governments from around the world that we really, really need an ambitious global agreement to drastically cut CO2 pollution and curb climate change. Plus, recent leaked reports about climate change are plain terrifying, staying our previous efforts are “grossly inadequate”.

So thousands of people are taking a stand to demand to the world that we can change things keeping in mind what we all care about: an economy, safe from climate change, jobs, clean air and water and healthy people. What more could we really ask for?

Grist rounded up a few good reasons people are marching, including polar bears, Hurricane Sandy, climate change effects everyone but isn’t distributed equally, future generations, hope, frustration, and for the future.

Where are they going?

The march route goes from Central Park West, east on 59th street, down 6th ave to 42nd, west to 11th ave, down 34th and ends on 11th Ave btwn 34th & 38th Streets.

When?

The march kicks off at 11:30 AM in Central Park West, between 65th & 86th Streets. Here’s the full schedule of events, from a multi-faith prayer service to the conclusion at 5:30 PM.

Sounds cool. Can I still get on the bandwagon from Philly?

New York is expecting over 496 buses from as far as Minnesota and Kansas on Sunday.

Buses are organized locally and are mostly sold out. (Last numbers I heard that were 50+ from the region are filled.) However, Bolt Bus, NJ transit and Amtrak still have plenty of room.

Readers, are you going? Tell us in the comments!

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Julie Hancher is Editor-in-Chief of Green Philly, sharing her expertise of all things sustainable in the city of brotherly love. She enjoys long walks in the park with local beer and greening her travels, cooking & cat, Sir Floofus Drake. View all posts by Julie Hancher

2 thoughts on “People’s Climate March Sunday – Philly Unites & How to Join ’em

  1. 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

    There is one single industry destroying the planet more than any other. But no one wants to talk about it… http://cowspiracy.com

    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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