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Climate March Clogs NYC Streets With Something Other Than CO2

PHOTO: Thousands of people took part in the People’s Climate March on Sunday in New York City, one of many such demonstrations around the nation and world. Photo credit: Mark Scheerer.
PHOTO: Thousands of people took part in the People’s Climate March on Sunday in New York City, one of many such demonstrations around the nation and world. Photo credit: Mark Scheerer.
September 22, 2014

NEW YORK - Thousands of people took part in the People's Climate March Sunday in New York City, one of many such demonstrations around the nation and the world.

From the staging area at Columbus Circle, the marchers filled Central Park West as far as the eye could see. Stepping off around 1 p.m., they marched south to midtown to the beat of drums, carrying signs demanding action on climate change. Mike Diel carried a banner reading, "I'm From Missouri. Show Me!"

"I'm a Missourian, it's the first time I've ever been in New York City in my life," Diel said acknowledging he spent 30 hours on the bus, five hours for the march, then another 30 hours back again.

A climate-change summit involving world leaders starts Tuesday at the United Nations. According to organizers, the march was one of about 2,700 events in 150 countries.

Seth Bush, 24, of Baltimore, Maryland said he came to the march because as a young person he has fears for his future, tied to the environment.

"I have a lot of my life ahead of me, and looking at the trajectory for where the climate crisis is going so far," said Bush. "It's not really looking good especially if I want to have my own family some day."

Rebecca, 32, also traveled from Baltimore.

"I know it's very important. We have an almost-2-year-old and I know I need to do things," she said. "We do a lot of things. We don't buy bottled water, we try to conserve our energy. We do a lot of things that I just do that are very environmentally friendly."

Diel said he hopes the size of the turnout for the parade opens people's eyes.

"We need people to understand, this is a very serious situation," said Diel. "We're changing the composition of the atmosphere. In the end, we're going to pay a price."

Mark Scheerer, Public News Service - NY