People’s Climate March 2014: Massive Global Rally to Be Held Sept. 21


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Latin Post, By Rebecca S. Myles, September 3 ( Agonist thread originally posted Sep.9)

The People’s Climate March, a massive global rally on Sept. 21 in New York City, will lead up to a specially called-for United Nations summit on the climate crisis.

To date, 950 supporting organizations are supporting the mass rally, including non-government organizations, labor unions, grassroots networks, churches and faith organizations. Their members and volunteers will join in the two to three mile march through Manhattan from Columbus Circle, east along 59th Street, down 6th Avenue, west along 42nd Street to 11th Avenue.

The march in New York is being held in solidarity with events around the world — 63 other events in North America, six in South America, 54 in Europe, 10 in South Asia, and 32 in Australia — in cities like Berlin, Paris, Istanbul, London, Melborne, New Delhi and Rio de Janerio, among many others.

“Mass mobilization is one of the best ways we know of to shock the entire system into action. Mass marches don’t always work: we weren’t able to stop the buildup to the war in Iraq. But they sometimes succeed in historic ways. Take the 1982 anti-nuclear march, which pushed a hawkish Ronald Reagan to strike a deal with Russia and start reducing nuclear warhead arsenals. Or consider the 1963 March on Washington, which helped pass the Civil Rights Act,” said Eddie Bautista, New York City Environmental Justice Alliance.

The Largest Climate March in History: The People’s Climate March, NYC, September 21Associated movie: Disruption


OpEd News: Beyond The People’s Climate March

Can the People’s Climate March on September 21 Ignite a Political Revolution?


Update – some good news: Lobster Boat Blockade – In a major — and unexpected — victory for the climate movement, the criminal charges against two men who used a lobster boat to block a massive coal shipment were dropped this morning.

Also: Alternet (TruthDig/Democracy Now!): The Climate March: Will it be a call to arms for the Earth, or are more radical actions needed? – McKibben and Hedges debate.

4 Replies to “People’s Climate March 2014: Massive Global Rally to Be Held Sept. 21”

  1. How the People’s Climate March Became a Corporate PR Campaign

    Counterpunch, By Arun Gupta, September 19

    I’ve never been to a protest march that advertised in the New York City subway. That spent $220,000 on posters inviting Wall Street bankers to join a march to save the planet, according to one source. That claims you can change world history in an afternoon after walking the dog and eating brunch.

    Welcome to the “People’s Climate March” set for Sunday, Sept. 21 in New York City. It’s timed to take place before world leaders hold a Climate Summit at the United Nations two days later. Organizers are billing it as the “biggest climate change demonstration ever” with similar marches around the world. The Nation describes the pre-organizing as following “a participatory, open-source model that recalls the Occupy Wall Street protests.” A leader of 350.org, one of the main organizing groups, explained, “Anyone can contribute, and many of our online organizing ‘hubs’ are led by volunteers who are often coordinating hundreds of other volunteers.”

    I will join the march, as well as the Climate Convergence starting Friday, and most important the “Flood Wall Street” direct action on Monday, Sept. 22. I’ve had conversations with more than a dozen organizers including senior staff at the organizing groups. Many people are genuinely excited about the Sunday demonstration. The movement is radicalizing thousands of youth. Endorsers include some labor unions and many people-of-color community organizations that normally sit out environmental activism because the mainstream green movement has often done a poor job of talking about the impact on or solutions for workers and the Global South.

    Nonetheless, to quote Han Solo, “I’ve got a bad feeling about this.”

  2. Bill Moyers on Climate Change…,”20 Years From Catastrophe…,”

    here’s a link to the complete show…, http://billmoyers.com/episode/climate-change-next-generation/
    and his ending commentary below.

    BILL MOYERS: When the UN Summit opens Tuesday, Kelsey will be back on the road, somewhere in the Midwest, reunited with her fellow marchers on their long walk across the continent. And those in the streets of New York City on this weekend before the summit, bearing witness, they will move on, too. We owe them our gratitude. Because they embody what the noted writer and activist Naomi Klein, in her new book “This Changes Everything,” what she calls “a ferocious love.” Love of life, family, place: love so personal and powerful it might yet save the earth and the species on it, ourselves included.

    Such hope unites the global grass-roots movement for climate justice. The amounts of carbon dioxide polluting the atmosphere are skyrocketing, higher than in 800,000 years. Increasing so fast that when the accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers recently crunched the numbers, they concluded that we’re just twenty years from catastrophe. Twenty years. It’s even possible now to imagine a world without birdsong. The National Audubon Society reports that of some 650 bird species studied in the United States and Canada, “more than half are likely to be […] at risk from global warming.” Frankly it’s hard to fathom my grandchildren’s world with nature’s winged choir silenced. How long will we allow the climate deniers to give our political leaders cover to run and hide from reality?

    At our website, BillMoyers.com, on Tuesday, September 23rd, you’ll be able to view a special film made for the world leaders and delegates who gathered for the UN’s global summit on climate. You’ll also see our exclusive, web-only interview with the moviemakers, Lyn Davis Lear and Louie Schwartzberg.

    That’s all at BillMoyers.com. I’ll see you there and I’ll see you here, next time.

  3. Greens: Climate march shatters record.

    Politico, By Andrew Restuccia, September 21

    New York — Al Gore, Leonardo DiCaprio and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon joined a larger-than-expected throng of activists, scientists, students and elected officials who took to New York City’s streets Sunday for a massive march meant to sound the alarm about climate change.

    Organizers estimated that the march drew 310,000 people, far exceeding their projections of 100,000 attendees and making the procession through midtown Manhattan by far the largest climate-related protest in history.

    […]

    The scene turned a bit chaotic when Gore, Moon, scientist Jane Goodall and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio joined the march around 12:45 p.m., with police, security officers and arms-linked volunteers holding back the crowd while photographers clicked away. After a moment of silence, the crowd erupted in cheers.

    Others taking part in Sunday’s protest included Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) as well as former Ohio Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich.

    […]

    But it wasn’t making an immediate splash on national TV — “Meet the Press” didn’t mention the march, while CNN, Fox and MSNBC were focusing on issues like the NFL, the fight against ISIL, Friday’s White House intruder and the November elections.


    MSNBC: The largest climate march in history

    Organizers estimate that as many as 310,000 demonstrators turned out for the march. The crowds were so massive that by mid-afternoon, organizers said they were asking people to disperse and cut the march short by nearly ten street blocks.

    […]

    Following the march, activists plan to stage Flood Wall Street [“Stop Capitalism. End the Climate Crisis.”], a massive sit-in Monday morning to take the climate crisis to the home of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Eric Verlo, an Occupy Denver activist who came from Colorado to join the march and participate in Flood Wall Street, said the goal is to confront the Financial District with the possibility that rising sea levels could flood Lower Manhattan. The protest will occur without a permit, making arrests likely.

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