Huffington Post] NEW YORK -- More than 400,000 people turned out for the People's Climate March in New York City on Sunday, just days before many of the world's leaders are expected to debate environmental action at the United Nations climate summit.
Early reports from event organizers are hailing the turnout as the largest climate march in history, far bigger than the Forward on Climate
rally held in Washington, D.C., last year. High-profile
environmentalists including Bill McKibben, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jane
Goodall and Vandana Shiva marched alongside policymakers such as Sens.
Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Charles Schumer
(D-N.Y.). U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and former Vice President
Al Gore were also there, and more than 550 buses carried in people from
around the country.
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The rally comes at an opportune time as 120 world leaders, including President Barack Obama,
are expected to convene Tuesday at the United Nations in New York to
discuss ways to tackle the growing threat of carbon pollution.
White House has pledged to "show the world that the U.S. is leading on
climate change, and to call on other leaders to step up to the plate,"
John Podesta, who serves as a counselor to the president, told reporters
on Thursday. However, a recent study found that the world spewed more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere last year than ever before,
primarily driven by China, India and the United States. And the top
leaders of China and India announced earlier this month that they won't be attending Tuesday's summit. Read More