Sunday, September 21, 2014

People's Climate March in New York City kicks off

[Politico.com] NEW YORK — Activists, scientists, students, celebrities and elected officials took to New York City’s streets Sunday for a massive march meant to sound the alarm about climate change.
Organizers were hoping to attract more than 100,000 people, a crowd that would make the march through midtown Manhattan the largest climate-related event in history, dwarfing a February 2013 protest on the National Mall that drew 35,000 people. It wasn’t immediately clear how many people had come out Sunday.
Participants waved flags, pounded on drums and carried signs that said “No More Climate Change” and “Climate Action Now,” while police blocked traffic along Central Park West from 59th Street to 86th Street.
Participants said they were trying to send a message to elected officials that tackling climate change, an issue that has often taken a back seat in Washington, should be a top priority. Politicians taking part in Sunday’s protest included Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) as well as former Ohio Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich, while former Vice President Al Gore, scientist Jane Goodall, actor Leonardo DiCaprio, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio also joined the marchers.
“It shows we have power,” said Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune. “It’s a diverse coalition. It’s broad and it’s growing in strength and it’s growing in diversity. And it’s increasingly impatient at the rate of progress.”
But it wasn’t making an immediate splash on national TV — “Meet the Press” didn’t mention the march, while CNN and MSNBC were focusing on issues like the NFL, the fight against ISIL and the November elections. Read More