Press Tip Sheet for People’s Climate March

New York City — More than 100,000 people are expected to join a historic march for climate action in New York City this Sunday, September 21. The march takes place two days before President Obama and world leaders attend a Climate Summit at the United Nations. The press opportunities to cover the event are as follows:

Press Conference and Availability

Press should arrive between 9:00-10:00am on Sunday morning at 61st and Broadway to enter into the press area at the front of the march where the following events will take place. Please RSVP to media@2014.peoplesclimate.orgto guarantee access.

9:30-11:00am General Press Availability

Central Park West, btw 60th and 61st, entrance to press area on 61st and Broadway

This is the best time to connect with spokespeople from the People’s Climate March and notable figures supporting the effort. Attendees will include: Mark Ruffalo, Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT), Bill McKibben, Frances Beinecke, Mike Brune, and lead spokespeople for the People’s Climate March.

10:00-10:30am People’s Climate Press Conference

Central Park West, btw 60th and 61st, entrance to press area on 61st and Broadway

The press conference will feature a diverse group of seven people telling their personal stories of why they are joining the march.

  • Bill Aristovolus, a superintendent in an energy efficient building, who stayed in the building for two weeks ferrying supplies to residents during Hurricane Sandy
  • Silaka Cox, a 19-year old NYU sophomore from the Rockaway Youth Task Force, who lives in public housing and was affected by Sandy
  • Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, a young woman and mother from the Marshall Islands who has been selected as the official civil society speaker at the United Nations Climate Summit on Tuesday.
  • Kandi Mossett, a Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara indigenous woman who fights fossil fuel extractaion in South Dakota with the Indigenous Environmental Network
  • Stanley Sturgill, a retired underground coal miner from Kentucky
  • Mari Rose Taruc, a Filipina organizer from Bay Area, mother of two, from an immigrant farmworker family
  • Elizabeth Yeampierre, the executive director of Uprose, who helped lead a community response to Hurricane Sandy

After the press conference, press are welcome to stay for an additional 30 minutes to conduct interviews or head out to cover additional pre-march events. At 11:00am sharp, the press area will be cleared of people so that the march can assemble.

***Note: Press breakfast has been canceled***

Pre-march rallies

The march will be lining up in a series of themed staging areas (youth and indigenous communities, labor, parents and children, scientists, faith etc.) from 61st st to 86th st on Central Park West. Many contingents are hosting pre-march rallies and events between 10:30-11:30am that are a great time for press to capture the full diversity and scope of the march, including many of the art, floats, and other large-scale visuals.

A full list of rallies and events will be featured on the 2014.peoplesclimate.org/media website, as well as distributed to press on Saturday. Two rallies to note in particular are:

10:45am — Labor Rally for Climate Justice

Thousands of union members and labor leaders will join the People’s Climate March labor rally on Broadway south of Columbus Circle, sound system at 57th Street, sound going south

11:00am — Interfaith Religious Service

On 58th Street, between 8th and 9th Ave., sound going west (from 8th Ave. toward 9th Ave.)

11:00am — Scientist Rally

The scientists hope to meet at the Hayden Planetarium in the public park on 81st before feeding into the march behind the responsible bloc.

More to come!

March Route and Logistics

11:30am: People’s Climate March Begins

Location: Central Park West, btw 60th and 61st,

Info: The march will begin at 11:30 a.m. at Columbus Circle, head east on 59th Street, then south on 6th Ave, west on 42nd Street, and finish at 11th Avenue and West 34th Street. The front of the march is expected to reach the end of the route at about 2:00pm.

1:00pm — Sounding the Climate Alarm

Location: Throughout the entire march

Info: After a moment of silence, the entire march will ring out with trumpets, bells, drums, whistles as tens of thousands of people sound an alarm for climate action. With more than 32 marching bands confirmed for the march, this will be an exciting, dynamic and loud show for TV and radio.

2:30pm-5:30pm — March End

Location: 11th Ave. in the streets between 34th Street and 38th Street

Info: The march will end with a climate block party. At the center of the close will be a massive tree installation created by Brooklyn-based artist Swoon. See more details here: http://theclimateribbon.org/

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Media Contacts

General media inquiries:
The fastest way to get an answer is the email address below:
media@350.org
(914) 719-6672