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More than 2500 Global Events, Join Hundreds of Thousands Marching in New York to Demand Action on Climate Change

WORLDWIDE — Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets in cities and towns around the world today to demand action on climate change on the eve of a Climate Summit at the United Nations. From the crowded streets of New Delhi to Melbourne to Johannesburg to Rio de Janeiro, people in more than 156 countries joined 2646 events and rallies.[1]

“People around the world are tired of waiting for our politicians to act,” said Payal Parekh, Global Campaigns Director for 350.org, one of the organizations coordinating the global day of events. “From the islands of the Pacific to the streets of New York City, we’re demanding action, not words. We’re showing what real leadership looks like.”

The “People’s Climate” actions took place across continents, from rural villages to major metropolises. At rallies large and small, people from all walks of life were united in their demand for world leaders to make ambitious commitments to tackle the climate crisis.

In addition, at last count, 2,097,372people around the world signed onto a petition calling for bold action at the UN Climate Summit.

“With hundreds of thousands marching in more than 2500 protests worldwide, this is by a long way the largest climate mobilization in history. It’s a wake up call to politicians that climate change is not a green issue anymore, it’s an everybody issue,” said Ricken Patel, executive director of the global civic organization Avaaz. “The public has heard our scientists that everything we love is under threat, and we’re prepared to fight for the only solution — a world powered by 100% safe, clean, sustainable energy.”

Photos from events will feature on jumbotrons in New York City, where the major march of the weekend will take place with over 100,000 people marching in the streets of the city.[2] Labor unions, environmentalists, social justice groups, migrant communities, students, people of faith, and more all took part in the march in New York, making it not only the largest, but most diverse demonstration on climate change in US history.

“The days when climate change can be ignored as a side issue are over,” said May Boeve, 350.org Executive Director. “Public opinion has reached a tipping point and the demand for action will only grow. This march is just the beginning. Today we marched, tomorrow we organize.”

The global mobilization drew the support of over 1,574 partner organizations and dozens of celebrities, politicians and notable public figures. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will join the march in New York City, along with diplomats, US Senators, and celebrities including Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Connelly, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Rock, Emma Thompson and more.

“This is surely a moment that demands unprecedented collective action,” said Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. “We can no longer tinker about the edges. We can no longer continue feeding our addiction to fossil fuels as if there is no tomorrow. For there will be no tomorrow. We are on the cusp of a global transition to a new safe energy economy, a transition that unites people in common purpose, advances collective well-being and ensures the survival of our species.”

Archbishop Tutu has been a vocal supporter of fossil fuel divestment, which emerged as one of the central themes of the day in many places across Europe and North America. Over the last two-years, the divestment movement has spread to over 500 universities, churches, and other public institutions. On Monday, the Divest-Invest coalition will announce a major new set of commitments.

Divestment is only one of the many campaigns that will continue after this weekend’s mobilization. From local fossil fuel fights to the push for a new international climate treaty, the climate movement around the world is gaining in size and intensity.

“We’re not waiting for politicians to move,” said Seia Mikaele Maiava, Pacific Climate Warrior from Tokelau. “This is a matter of survival for us. We’re not drowning, we’re standing up and fighting for our homes.”

Organizers see the mobilization as just the beginning of a series of actions in the months to come that will continue to increase pressure for global action. From Pacific warriors planning a blockade of coal ports in Australia, to fracking activists organizing a global day of action in October, to a massive people’s march in Lima during the next UN climate summit this December, activists plan to take to the streets, and seas, many more times.

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

[1] Global highlights include:

More than 2,500 people from across India hit the streets of New Delhi on Saturday, making the march the nation’s strongest ever call for climate action.

In Tanzania, the Maasai marched across their traditional lands to call for action to protect their homelands in the Serengeti from the impacts of climate change. Simultaneous events also happened across Africa including Johannesburg,Togo, Niger, The Ivory Coast, and Benin as well as a march planned in Africa’s largest city Lagos, taking place on Monday.

In Australia, More than 30,000 marched through the streets of Melbourne and more than 100 other cities and regional towns. Locals went on a 50 km beach march on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, and a 700 km march from Melbourne to Canberra.

In London, the bells of The Church of Londonrang out across the city as environment organisations and faith groups combined forces to create an historic march to the steps of Parliament.

On the US / Canada border, thousands of marchers from First Nations groups and local organisations will make the trip from Vancouver and Seattle to join hands in a truly international event, showing that “climate change knows no borders”.

In the Pacific Islands, from Tonga to Tuvalu to Tokelau, people rallied calling for Action, Not Words, to protect the Pacific Islands. In rural Papua New Guinea students from a primary school marched to a nearby lighthouse, which has recently become semi-submerged due to rising sea levels. Even as they marched, people all across the Pacific are also preparing to send 30 Pacific Climate Warriors with their canoes to block the world’s largest coal port in Australia in October.

In Istanbul, close to 3000 people marched through Istanbul’s Taksim Square, with impacted communities from across Turkey at the forefront.

In Berlin three parallel marches will combine forces in a colourful festival.

In Paris, local groups created the “Paris Marche pour le Climat,” with parades, marches, and bicycle rides across the bridges of the Seine.

Numerous other events were held across Europe in Stockholm, Amsterdam,Helsinki, Venice to name a few.

In Rio, thousands are marching on the beaches of Ipanema, after images were broadcast on the statue of Christ the Redeemer for the last week building up to the march.

In Jakarta, thousands of people marched to send an urgent demand to the newly elected President for a commitment to build an economy that is powered by renewable energy. Other events in Asia include Seoul, Taiwan, Manila among others.

[2] The exact number of people in attendance at the largest climate march taking place in NY will be made available on Sunday 21 September at 2PM EST/ 6PM GMT

[3] Photos from highlighted events worldwide available here http://bit.ly/1ykJz4U

 

The Biggest Climate March In History

2000+ events planned in 150 countries as citizens call for action

On September 21st, thousands of rallies, marches and protests will take place delivering the biggest ever global demonstration for climate action in history. The largest will be in New York where upwards of 100,000 people are expected to come together to demand leaders take action in advance of the Ban Ki Moon climate summit that takes place two days later.

“There’s a vast latent constituency of people out there who are alarmed about climate change. But for years, nobody has put up a banner that said ‘this is the time, this is the place, to show you care.’ The People’s Climate March is that banner, and we’re seeing a phenomenal response to it,” said Ricken Patel, Executive Director of the 38-million member civic organization, Avaaz.

More than 2,000 “People’s Climate” events are now planned worldwide in 150 countries [1].

Highlights include:

  • In rural Papua New Guinea, students from a primary school will march to a nearby lighthouse which has recently become semi-submerged due to rising sea levels.

  • The border between Vancouver and Seattle will be the location of a truly international rally where thousands of people will link hands across the boundary line to show that climate change knows no borders.

  • In Lagos, plans are underway for a historic climate march through the streets of Africa’s largest city. They will be joined by solidarity events in rural areas throughout Nigeria.

  • In Tanzania, the Maasai plan to march calling for action from their ancient homelands in the Serengeti.

  • In London environment organisations and faith groups are combining forces to create what will be a historic march through the city to the steps of Parliament.

  • In Rio, thousands are expected to march on the beaches of Ipanema, while images will be broadcast on the statue of Christ the Redeemer in the week building up to the march.

  • In Australia, an epic Climate March will convene in Melbourne afterwards a group will walk 700 km along the eastern seaboard to the nation’s capital Canberra arriving at the Parliament, to raise awareness about climate impacts.

  • In Bogota, Colombia, over 10,000 people are expected to join the march through the capital calling for action.

  • In New Delhi, thousands will take over the streets on September 20 to demand a renewable energy revolution.

  • In Berlin, a silent parade, a stream of cyclists and a march for children will converge on the Brandenburg gate.

  • In Paris, local groups will create the “Paris Marche pour le Climat,” with parades, marches, and bicycle rides planned across the bridges of the Seine.

Over 30 celebrities have also begun showing support for the march, including UN Goodwill Ambassador for Biodiversity and actor Edward Norton, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco, as well Argentine footballer Lionel Messi [2].

The worldwide mobilization and march in New York City will take place just two days before world leaders are set to attend a Climate Summit at the United Nations hosted by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. The summit is designed to build momentum for national and international climate action, including a new global climate treaty that will be finalized in Paris next year. Mobilization organizers say they are looking for “Action, Not Words” at the summit.

“The scale, pace, and power of the organizing happening right now is something that we haven’t seen before,” said May Boeve, executive director of the international climate campaign, 350.org. “People realize that we can’t leave the fate of the planet up to our politicians. We need to come together, raise our voices, and apply pressure where it counts.”

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NOTES TO EDITORS

[1] Detailed information on global events available here: 2014.peoplesclimate.org/global

[2] Full list of celebrity endorsements available here: 2014.peoplesclimate.org/endorsements

 

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One Month Countdown Until Major Climate Marches in NYC and Around the World

One-month out from what’s expected to be the largest march on climate change in history, groups launch massive recruitment push

Contacts: Jamie Henn, jamie@350.org, 415.890.3350

Nell Greenberg, nell@avaaz.org, 510.847.9777

August 21, 2014, NEW YORK — With just one month to go until the People’s Climate March in New York City this September 21, more than 100 organizations are taking part in an online recruitment drive to sign people up for the demonstration. In the first hours of the push, thousands of new signups have already begun to flow in.

The People’s Climate March is expected to be the largest demonstration for climate action in history. The march takes place just two days before President Obama and world leaders gather for an emergency Climate Summit at the United Nations. Marchers are demanding leaders go beyond rhetoric and commit to bold action at the summit.

More than 750 organizations around the world are supporting the People’s Climate March. In total, the groups represent roughly 100 million people worldwide.  

The scale of organizing for the march now rivals that of a major electoral campaign, with thousands of volunteers, daily phone-banks and canvasses in NYC, and a major online operation to turn out marchers. Updates from the field include:

  • Trains and hundreds of buses will be bringing people from across the country for the march. Including a dedicated train from San Francisco to New York, a dedicated train from D.C. to New York, and buses from multiple points outside of New York.

  • More than 45 labor unions have signed onto the march, pledging to turn out members in New York City and from surrounding areas.

  • Connecticut alone has over 40 different groups confirmed to attend.

  • Renowned artist Shepard Fairey, whose Obama Hope poster has become world famous,  has donated a poster design for the march

  • At a warehouse in Brooklyn, artists are creating giant sculptures, floats, and banners for the march.

  • The global campaigning group Avaaz has secured 10% of the subway ads in NYC for the month before the march. The ads were chosen after a poster design contest that netted over 400 entries worldwide.

  • Groups are planning a major student recruitment push for college campuses as classes resume in September.

The People’s Climate March has also gone global, with other major marches and solidarity events being planned worldwide:

  • In New Delhi, thousands will take over the streets on September 20 to demand a renewable energy revolution.

  • In Australia, organizers are expecting hundreds of individual events to take place across the country, including a major march in Melbourne.

  • In London environment organisations and faith groups are combining forces to create a historic march through the city to the steps of Parliament.

  • In Berlin three parallel marches will combine forces in a colourful festival.

  • Events are already being planned in Ghana, Kenya, DRC, Nigeria, and Guinea, along with a major march in Johannesburg.

  • In Paris, local groups will create the “Paris Marche pour le Climat,” with parades, marches, and bicycle rides planned across the bridges of the Seinne.

  • Reports are also coming in of large mobilizations planned in: Kathmandu, Rio, Sao Paulo, Jakarta, Dublin, Manila, Seoul, Mumbai and Istanbul.

Organizers are confident that the sheer scale and diversity of the People’s Climate March events, from the headline demonstration in New York City to the simultaneous events worldwide, will show politicians that there is a massive, energized movement demanding immediate action to address the climate crisis.

In New York City, the message will be difficult to ignore: marchers have come to an agreement with the NYPD for the march to flow directly through the middle of Manhattan. The march will begin at Columbus Circle at 11:30am on Sunday, proceed over on 59th Street to 6th Avenue, down 6th Avenue to 42nd Street, then right on 42nd Street to 11th Avenue. The route passes by some of New York City’s most famous landmarks, from Rockefeller Center to Times Square.

The march and the Climate Summit in New York mark the beginning of a busy 18 months of crucial international negotiations. Climate negotiators will head to Lima, Peru, in December 2014 to make progress towards a global climate deal. Then, in September 2015 world leaders will meet back in New York to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals, the global post-2015 development agenda. Three months later, the world will gather in Paris to try and sign a new international climate treaty.

For more information on The Peoples Climate March and participating groups, please see here: http://2014.peoplesclimate.org/about/

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A global call to action launched around September’s UN Climate Summit.

CONTACT:

Hoda Baraka, 350.org Global Communications Manager, hoda@350.org, +201001840990

August 14, 2014, GLOBAL — Today the People’s Climate Mobilisation web platform has been launched as part of a global call to action to coincide with the People’s Climate March taking place in New York City this September just before a  United Nations Climate Summit. The march in New York will take place on the 21st of September, and the global mobilisation will span the full weekend of September 20-21.

The NY march aims to bring hundreds of thousands of people to the streets of New York City to call on world leaders to commit to bold climate action as they arrive to attend a historic Climate Summit hosted by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. The summit is one of the last chances for world leaders to come together and spark international progress before it becomes too late to avoid catastrophic climate impacts. World leaders will be greeted with the largest mobilisation on climate change in history in NY and globally.

“People from across the planet will be making sure that leaders gathered in New York know the demand for action comes from every corner,” said Bill McKibben, co-founder of 350.org, a global climate campaign on climate change. “This is the first truly global problem, and it has spawned the first truly global movement!”

The main demand from this global mobilisation is for Action, Not Words. Actions necessary to create a world with an economy that works for people and the planet – now. In short, a world safe from the ravages of climate change.

The web platform launched today will serve as a focal point for mobilisations being planned globally and as an open platform where anyone, anywhere will be able to register a local event and will also find online support tools in multiple languages.

“Climate change is the greatest challenge we’ve ever faced,” said Hoda Baraka, Global Communications Manager for 350.org, “but it’s also an incredible opportunity to create a more just and sustainable world. The People’s Climate Mobilisation is a chance to take a major step forward, making it crucial for people across regions to partake.”

Several large marches, rallies, and events are already being planned in Delhi, Jakarta, London, Rio de Janeiro, Berlin and Paris to name a few.

Alongside the global mobilisations a delegation of globally diverse grassroots leaders will be in attendance in New York to ensure voices from movements and campaigns around the world are heard while also giving emphasis to ongoing struggles which will serve to launch a series of mobilisations beyond September.

The People’s Climate Mobilisation and the Climate Summit in New York mark the beginning of a busy 18 months of crucial international negotiations. Climate negotiators will head to Lima, Peru, in December 2014 to make progress towards a global climate deal. Then, in September 2015 world leaders will meet back in New York to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals, the global post-2015 development agenda. Three months later, the world will gather in Paris to try and sign a new international climate treaty.

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