New York, NY— The number of marchers last Sunday September 21 was as a river, flowing for miles. Standing at the corner near 10th Ave and West 42nd Street, the Examiner noted that after a full 15 minutes, there was still no perceptible indication of a tail end.
Over 400,000 marchers had shown up the weekend before the U.N. Climate Summit on Sept. 23rd.
Despite a slow start, the enthusiasm among marchers was unprecedented, including home-made signs, signs provided by organizations, tailored costumes, face and body paint, music, song, dance, and custom floats.
Whole groups had traveled together from Oregon, Texas, and other faraway states.
Friends traveled from all across the country, and elsewhere, in order to express their concern about climate change, and to voice their support for binding commitments by first nations to keep global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius—the point of climate chaos.
Around the world near simultaneous events added to millions of marchers; in London alone, over 400,000 marchers were reported.
Our New York Peoples Climate March (PCM) was particularly blessed with the presence of world-class ministers, rabbis, Muslim clergy, monks, humanists, and folk musicians preaching and setting the mood for the march unified around climate and interfaith alliance.
Signs of climate change are everywhere, from drought in the Western states, to unseasonably cold weather in the upper Midwest, while record snowfall has been reported on the Eastern seaboard.
At the same time, ocean level rise is threatening the integrity of sandy beaches from coastal Maryland down to Florida.
The planning and public dialogue with respect to inevitable climate change including raising drainage pipes, utility relocation, weather-proofing, and upgrading of countless buildings, treatment facilities, and roads must begin right now due to the complex nature of renovation and construction.
Rather than more military spending, these infrastructure developments typically entail decades of preparation and should ultimately provide millions of new local, if not green, jobs.
Due to unusual climate occurrences, people are increasingly able to connect the dots between climate change, global warming, and the greenhouse gases which the majority of scientists point to as a major contributor stemming primarily from fossil fuels.
The need for system change, embracing Earth-centered solutions as opposed to false green washing solutions which “commodify, financialize and privatize” the “common goods of humanity” and Nature, has never so asserted itself.
The climate-warming race, and the movement to save humanity, has begun.
Let the photos in this slideshow taken by this Examiner speak for themselves.