Climate Justice Summit lead up to March
Thousands of citizens are expected to show up in New York City (NYC) on September 19-21 for what is being billed as the NYC Climate Convergence and the People’s Climate March.
Hosted by Global Climate Convergence, NYC Climate Convergence takes place on the weekend before the official U.N. Climate Summit on 23 September. Representing the coming together of 850+ organizations and communities from all across the country, it’s an event already involving tens of thousands of ordinary citizens ready to host and attend teach-ins, plenary sessions, enjoy music, food, dance, sight-seeing and networking.
Many hope to participate in the People’s Climate March, Sunday September 21 at 11:30am starting at Columbus Circle near the SW corner of Central Park in Manhattan. They will head down 6th Avenue past Times Square, turn right on 42nd Street, then march towards the Hudson River. Right now, according to spokespeople, artists are busily creating floats, banners, and sculptures in preparation. Others are pledging financial support and/or making plans to cheer the blocks long demonstration.
Partnering organization websites have erected webpages describing the Climate Summit. Converge for Climate lists a few of the progressive celebrities who will be giving talks. A variety of left-right and independent intellectuals, writers, journalists, artists, musicians, entrepreneurs, students, policy makers from unions, nongovernmental organizations, and community organizers are expected to turn out.
These are coalitions with agendas, from 350.org to the Green Party. The agenda is to combat global warming through a fundamental shift away from deadly fossil-fuel addictions to ameliorate rising temperature/climate change while enacting a Green New Deal, creating millions of healthy green jobs to help rejuvenate the economy.
Long-Awaited Green New Deal
Global Climate Convergence calls for an emergency Global Green New Deal, much like Depression-era President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal except adapted for today’s American green manufacturing, with higher living wages, and to combat both the causes and effects of climate change and rising seas.
They seek comprehensible timely politically convergent solutions, because with regard to climate change, extreme weather events, sea level rise, ocean acidification, and toxic pollutants spread across ecosystems, the world faces a whole new battlefront.
According to Dr. Jill Stein, President of the Green Party:
We have another war going on, which is every bit as much a threat, actually much more of a threat, than the second world war… We basically still have a Great Depression going on right now, not for the top 5 or 10 percent, but for most of America.
With people’s land and livelihoods already at risk from climate change, and there is an urgent need to research and assess mitigative measures, develop action plans based on various risks, hazards, and vulnerabilities, reported the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group II.
According to the 2014 UN Climate Summit, now is the time for “Catalyzing Action” before it’s too late:
Climate change is disrupting national economies, costing us dearly today and even more tomorrow. But there is a growing recognition that affordable, scalable solutions are available now that will enable us all to leapfrog to cleaner, more resilient economies.
Legions of the world’s top scientists, researchers, and investigators are working non-stop in research and have produced reports for IPCC Working Groups 1 (2013) and 2 & 3 (2014). On August 25, 2014, a draft synthesis report was issued and is open to review until October 10, 2014.
Meeting organizers hope to convince political leaders of the need to recognize and prepare for a changing planet, a climate crisis–one which can be backed by an emerging energized and educated global populace.
To participate, sign on via one of the websites above or pledge through one of the over 850+ partners who are sending delegations. A number of campaign organizers have already planned lead up activities ahead of September 21st.