New York gears up for historic climate march

South Street Seaport, an area of lower Manhattan that was severely flooded during Hurricane Sandy, on March 31, 2014 in New York
South Street Seaport, an area of lower Manhattan that was severely flooded during Hurricane Sandy, on March 31, 2014 in New York City

Celebrities, activists and political leaders were mobilizing Sunday to join tens of thousands of people to march through New York in what organizers hope will be the largest climate change protest in history.

Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio, former US vice president turned advocate Al Gore, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio are due to take part in the "People's Climate March."

The event has been endorsed by more than 1,400 organizations, including environment, faith and justice groups, as well as labor unions. Students have mobilized marchers at more than 300 college campuses.

The New York demonstration will take place alongside 2,500 marches and events all over the world, including large rallies in Melbourne, London and Paris.

The rallies will take place ahead of a climate change summit hosted by Ban Tuesday on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.

Ricken Patel, executive director of Avaaz, a pressure group that is one of the organizers, will present a petition signed by two million people to Ban.

"We feel very confident that we will achieve our goal, which is to have the largest climate change march in history," Patel told AFP.

The protest will wind its way through midtown Manhattan on a two-mile (3.2-kilometer) route starting at 11:30 am (1530 GMT).

After a moment of silence, participants will be encouraged to use instruments, alarms and whistles to make as much noise as possible at 1 pm, helped by marching bands and the tolling of church bells.

New York mayor de Blasio announced that the Big Apple was committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent over 2005 levels by 2050.

"Climate change is an existential threat to New Yorkers and our planet. Acting now is nothing short of a moral imperative," he said before the rally.

The UN secretary general is urging governments to support an ambitious global agreement to dramatically reduce global warming pollution.

More than 120 heads of state and almost 40 ministers are due to attend the summit that Ban hopes will energize negotiations on reaching a deal on cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

The meeting will set the stage for a crucial conference in Paris in December 2015 aimed at finalizing an agreement.

"We are breaking ground here on many different levels," UN climate chief Christiana Figueres told reporters on Friday.

"First, we're going to see unprecedented public mobilization for climate action."

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Sep 19, 2014
For those who can't attend in person, here are a couple links that will be live streaming the event:
The second link provides global coverage with a nice mix of various live streams along with informative and educational chat with respect to underlying sociopolitical issues, etc.

Sep 20, 2014
Awesome. I plan to be there.

Sep 21, 2014
I read all the stories that I can about climate change looking for the recommended actions that an individual should take to help slow climate change. I rarely find any such recommendations. I find this particularly odd as we can all have a great impact simply by using less energy! If everyone committed to using significantly less energy, these new laws and taxes would be largely unnecessary. The most noise you can make against climate change isn't in the streets, it's in your energy-bloated lifestyles. IMO, we should all become more life-cycle-energy-use informed and act on that knowledge as though our civilization's future depended upon it.

Sep 21, 2014
What is the carbon 'cost' for all those traveling?

Sep 21, 2014
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Sep 21, 2014
participants will be encouraged to use instruments, alarms and whistles to make as much noise as possible

Yep "participants" that will cool the planet. It's obvious that these AGW Chicken LIttles are oblivious of what fools the UN and False "Profit" Al make of them.

Sep 21, 2014
You deniers have lost.


Look up the penetration of altenative fuels in the last few years. It is unprecedented.

Sep 21, 2014
"What is the carbon 'cost' for all those traveling?"
Less than that of the Bush Wars to steal the oil of somebody else.

Sep 21, 2014
With electrification of the roads and the development of alternative and renewable energy sources, it is madness to keep eleven Carrier Groups to guard the oil routes.

Think of the savings there alone!

Sep 21, 2014
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Sep 21, 2014
Now if these morons had drowned themselves in the Hudson they would have actually done something to benefit the planet, but instead they hold a block party, yeah!!

Sep 21, 2014
these pot smoking (reports were you couldn't breath for the pot smoke) hypocritical activists (the growing and manufacturing of pot is not only very environmentally unfriendly it releases an inordinate amount of CO2) marching with Al Profit Gore with his massive mansions, private jets, monster cars followed by high paid actors (aka professional liars) telling others to give up their cars and sacrifice for the good of the globe while they themselves jet in private jets from one exotic location to another for vacations.

Communists, democrats and progressives, have a phrase for common people who march like these ignorant people did..... "useful Idiots."

Sep 21, 2014
What is the carbon 'cost' for all those traveling?

Less than the cost of denying the truth.
Lies cost money to propagate.
Deniers can't afford to ignore the will of the majority to protect their planet.

Sep 21, 2014
It matters little whether one is a denier or a believer. What matters is how much energy they each consume unnecessarily. It is interesting that we believers tend to be the biggest users of energy. Face it; we are the most affluent, the best educated, the higher earners, the greatest energy consumers the planet has ever seen. Ever. We need to fix our own house, friends.

Sep 21, 2014
It was huge! What a showing of humanity and their awareness of the lies, deception, and ignorance be push on us like so much snake oil. Snake oil is too kind, There is only one planet we live on, one atmosphere we breath air from, and ocean from which our water comes. The deniers would like nothing more that to be selfish polluting takers, people that destroy the environment, the land and oceans for greed and a sense of being a jerk.

They are easy to spot too. They tend to be repbllCONs so just vote against them is like slapping them in the face, which I urge everyone to do.

In New York it was estimated between 500,000 to 1 million people participated in the march. I don't think deniers could get 100.

Sep 21, 2014
So these morons believe CO2 is warming the planet, and what do they do. Well, they bus 100s of thousands of people in, releasing tons of CO2, then they march and howl. To top it all off, they have a big block party. Yep, that's the "genius" of the ignorant AGW Cult.
Hey howhot, did your False "Profit" Al invite you for a ride in the private jet?

Sep 22, 2014
AGWism is socilaism:

"Dozens of signs denouncing capitalism were spotted at the demonstration, often held by self-proclaimed socialists.

"Capitalism is destroying the planet," a sticker on one woman's shirt read, "We need revolution, nothing less.""

Sep 22, 2014
"Manhattan's flood of green protesters had climate-change skeptics seeing red Sunday.

"Their love for the Earth is so real, they couldn't even use a trash can," tweeted a disgusted @chelsea_elisa, along with a photo of an overflowing trash can in Manhattan, after tens of thousands of marchers invaded the city on fleets of smog-producing buses."

Reminds me of how the Indians left the Yellow Thunder Camp in the Black Hills a few decades ago, trash everywhere.

Sep 22, 2014
What a bunch of shameless hypocrites, they all aspire to be like their False "Profit" Al.
Yep, they will save the earth.

Sep 22, 2014
""If you really paid attention to what happened, the mask is off, and I appreciate that those people that organized this came out and let us know who they were. If you look at the list of people, Communist Party USA, Socialists. Fine, if you want to have that debate, that debate should be done at the polling place and should be done in the halls of Congress or try to change laws. It shouldn't be prostituting the weather and climate for your own needs."

Bastardi stated there are technical disagreements that can be addressed among scientists, but really doesn't rise to any level of concern for the general public.

"This is ridiculous. This should be two weather geeks arguing over a chess game with a cup of tea or whatever you want to drink. The whole thing is blown out, it's one of the weirdest arguments I've ever been involved with, because in the end, there is nothing new under the sun, and nature, not man, rules the climate system.""

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