I can’t believe the People’s Climate March is less than 48 hours away. And I can tell you, without a doubt, that it’s going to be absolutely beautiful on a scale that we’ve never seen before.
These numbers don’t tell the whole story, but they definitely give you an idea of what’s coming on Sunday and why it will be an incredible turning point for us all:
10,000: The number of parents and their kids joining the march (some of the kids will be wearing climate justice superhero capes)
2,100: The number of People’s Climate events taking place this weekend in over 160 countries around the world — this is part of something truly global.
1,500: Partner organizations officially supporting the march — and it’s still growing!
Photo: 350 Philly
1,000: Artists who have been hard at work for months making absolutely stunning materials for the march using more than 100 gallons of paint, 350 yards of posterboard, 13 parachutes, and miles of cardboard tubes (because no one is allowed to use wood in the march – NYPD rules).
1,000: An estimate of how many New Yorkers also helped spread the word around the city – handing out fliers and posters everywhere.
Even some animals pitched in to help!
500: Buses coming from across the country. Lined up end to end that’s more than twice the width of Manhattan at its widest point – and they’re carrying 25,000 people to the march.
362: The number of college campuses where students are organizing to turn out for this march in huge numbers. Young people will not accept a future ravaged by climate change.
When was the last time students got this excited for a march?
300: The length in feet of a single banner in the march. It might just be the biggest climate banner ever (at least that I’ve seen – you can find it in the “We Know Who’s Responsible” theme).
125: World leaders planning to attend the climate leadership summit on Tuesday — more than at any previous climate summit or negotiation. Let’s send them to the negotiating table with the sound of a enormous movement ringing in their ears.
And UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has recognized the value of the march.
82: The expected temperature on Sunday. That’s beautiful weather to make history.
38: The number of religious denominations that will be marching
29: The number of marching bands that will be making sure this march has a beat. And that’s not counting the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 3 bagpipers.
26: The number of city blocks being blocked off for this march to lineup – check out the lineup here and find your people. Or just show up at 86th St and Central Park West at 11 AM.
5: How many friends and family you should bring – because to change everything it takes everyone.
1: Planets we have. Which means we also only have one shot to get this right.
0: The amount of progress we’ll make if we stay home. We don’t know that this will work – but we do know that if we stay home, the only thing that’s going to change is the climate.
This is going to be huge.