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Arizona Holds "People's Climate March" In Support of National Event

PHOTO: Arizona residents can attend People's Climate March events on Sunday in support of the national event in New York City, which is being held just before the Climate Summit at the United Nations. Photo courtesy of People's Climate March.
PHOTO: Arizona residents can attend People's Climate March events on Sunday in support of the national event in New York City, which is being held just before the Climate Summit at the United Nations. Photo courtesy of People's Climate March.
September 18, 2014

TEMPE, Ariz. – People's Climate March events will be held on Sunday in Arizona to show solidarity with a the national People's Climate March event in New York City, ahead of next week's Climate Summit at the United Nations.

Rev. Doug Bland is executive director at Arizona Interfaith Power and Light, which is holding a prayer walk at Daley Park in Tempe on Sunday afternoon in support of the People's Climate March.

"We wanted to do some activities that would lift up those people in what will be the largest climate rally in history in New York, and have an event here to mark that as well," he explains.

Organizers say the event also is meant to show public support for the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan.

It calls for a 30 percent reduction in carbon emissions from power plants by 2030.

Sandy Bahr, chapter director at the Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter, says the United Nations Climate Summit brings together leaders from many nations with hopes of reducing carbon emissions, which research has shown are harmful to human health.

"Diseases that we will see in Arizona, and are seeing in Arizona, that are connected to climate change, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, being one of them," she explains.

Bahr says there are also People's Climate March events planned Sunday in Flagstaff, Phoenix and Tucson.


Troy Wilde, Public News Service - AZ