Around the globe, 166 countries played host to 2,808 solidarity events. In the United States, over 100 world leaders gathered in New York City, all united for the cause of the People’s Climate March, held on Sunday, September 21st . According to its organizers, this was the largest climate rally ever. Over 400,000 demonstrators took to the streets in New York to urge policy makers to take necessary actions against climate change. The marchers, including several JSA activists, flood the streets of Manhattan with drumbeats, chants, and optimism. Signs for several causes were held by demonstrators, representing a variety of environmental issues, from clean water initiatives to anti-fracking protests.
Despite the differing reasons that the marchers had, all agreed that something had to be done about the rising global temperatures and sea waters. People around the globe joined in, as thousands more protesters marched in London, Cairo, Rio de Janeiro, Paris, Berlin, New Delhi, Johannesburg, Laos, Amsterdam, Istanbul and Melbourne.
Back in New York City, the movement gained high profile supporters, including several celebrities and politicians. Leonardo DiCaprio, Evangeline Lilly, Jane Goodall, former Vice President Al Gore, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, and UN Secretary General Bank Ki Moon all blazed the trail through Midtown. The march came just two days before 120 world leaders and officials descended on New York City for a United Nations climate change summit, where countries worked toward reaching another international climate change accord to be effective in 2020.
The mission of the march, like the Junior State of America, is to strengthen the voice of the people in a democracy. The People’s Climate March challenged global leaders to take the environment seriously, rise above self-interest, and to promote the public good.
Written by YuYan Pu