On 21 September, two days before the big UN General Secretary’s climate summit, more than 310,000 people participated in the People’s Climate March in New York City. That is well above the 80,000 who attended the 2009 march at the Copenhagen climate talks – making it the largest climate rally in history.
On the same day, around the world, over half a million people joined 2800 events in 160 countries. Marches around the world also exceeded expectations with more than 30,000 people taking to the streets in both London and Melbourne and over 25,000 in Paris.
“People around the world are tired of waiting for our politicians to act,” said Payal Parekh, Global Managing 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.”
People’s Climate March, press release 21 September