Photos of North and South Carolina activist that rallied in New York City for the People’s Climate March are just coming in. Here are the first few. Check back to see more!
I couldn’t go to the People’s Climate March. What can I do to take action?
There are lots of things! Today, right now, tell President Obama that you want the promises kept and to act on the Climate Crisis!
|BREAKING: President Obama calls on world leaders to act on climate.|
BIG NEWS: President Obama just finished speaking to the United Nations about climate change and you’re going to want to see what he had to say.
In a speech at the UN Climate Summit in New York, the president announced new actions that the US will take in confronting climate change and climate impacts at home and abroad. He laid out the shared responsibilities of all nations, and committed the United States to ambitious next steps.
The president called on the assembled world leaders to act, saying, “Our citizens keep marching, we cannot pretend we cannot hear them. We have to answer the call.”
And he’s right — the People’s Climate March drew 400,000 people to the streets of New York City before today’s historic meeting of the United Nations. Those voices calling for climate justice and clean energy got the world’s attention. They set the stage for President Obama’s announcement today.
In his speech, the president said:
– America will meet our goals on reducing greenhouse gas emissions
– We will set ambitious reduction targets on the table for next year’s UN climate meeting
– That all of the world’s major economies have a responsibility to do the same
When world leaders meet again next year in Paris, they’ll remember the president’s speech today and they’ll remember the huge energy of the People’s Climate March on Sunday. It’s up to you to make sure they’ll also remember that America is ready to keep its climate promises.
Sierra Club Executive Director
To the folks who took to the streets and marched, thank you and enjoy some of my favorite photos and messages. To those who could not make it, I hope that this will inspire you. To all, let’s begin to make this moment become a new Movement!
Thanks to Becky Bereiter and the TWC news team for seeing us off to New York City and the People’s Climate March as we joined 400,000 folks calling for Climate Action and Climate Justice!! Check back on our website for more national AND rider coverage!
Hundreds of North Carolinians Headed to NYC for People’s Climate March
CHARLOTTE — Hundreds of North Carolinians left for New York City Saturday night to take part in what is being called the largest march in history addressing climate change.
More than 100,000 people from around the country are expected at Sunday’s People’s Climate March.
The event comes ahead of next week’s United Nations Climate Summit. World leaders will gather to focus on efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and strengthen climate resilience.
“I think people are starting to see the severe storms, the flooding, the excess heat, and it’s starting to impact people’s pocketbooks,” said Bill Gupton of the North Carolina Sierra Club. “We have the have the same kind of movement we had with the civil rights movement and the labor movement.”
President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak at the summit. He is expected to urge his fellow heads of state to be as ambitious as possible as they negotiate a complicated, global treaty to reduce emissions. The treaty is set to be finalized in 2015.
Demonstrators hope Sunday’s March will help apply public pressure.
“They’re going to see it in the streets and they’re going to realize that this is not just an academic issue,” said Alan Harwick of Greensboro. “This is something that’s affecting real people now, and I think the march will show that.”
Other demonstrations are planned around the world in Delhi, Jakarta, and Rio de Janeiro. The UN Climate Summit is Tuesday.
Just to confirm, we’ll meet at the Charlotte East Office Community, 5500 Executive Center Drive, Charlotte, NC 28212 (Across from Eastland Mall – Map). Sign in at 7:30 PM. Bus pulls out at 8:00 PM sharp!
Manhattan Weather Forecast on Sunday – Check Saturday at – http://www.weather.com/weather/weekend/USKS0358
Low 52/High 80, Sunny, 0% chance of rain!
Our Group. I’m so excited about the group of folks coming on our bus! There will be 55 of us (a full bus) with folks coming from as far away as Cherokee, Chapel Hill, Columbia, and Clemson. Even more impressive are some special environmental activists ages 5, 8, 9, 11 and 14 that will be joining us! Can’t wait to meet them.
Signs, banner, costumes, etc. Can’t wait to see what folks are making. Be wild, be creative, bring noise makers, horns, etc. Feel free to bake some goodies to share or bring some snacks to pass around.
Bus Identification. We’ll be traveling round trip on the same Horizon Coach Lines bus. It will be identified as “Charlotte Bus #2, NC3“.
Arrival in NYC. There will be over 400 buses coming in for the March. Drop off on 86th Street between Columbus Ave and Central Park West. When we arrive I’ll meet the greeter and get instructions before we get off the bus.
Departure from NYC. Our bus, “Charlotte Bus #2, NC3“, will be parked in Area M located on the West side of 11th Ave between W 24th St and W 25th St. You should plan to be at the bus at 5:00 PM and we will depart at 6:00 PM sharp.
Driver tip. The N.C. and S.C. Chapters of the Sierra Club have budgeted for a driver tip. If you would like to add a couple of bucks, we’ll pass the hat on the way back.
I’ll have copies of the instructions, etc for you on the bus.
Call or email me if you have any questions.
All systems are go for Saturday!!! It will be a power experience and I’m so glad that you have made the commitment to be a part of it!
First thing, remember that we are expecting A LOT of people so if you want to march with a certain contingent, you have to get there really early! With so many people in one place there will be delays, changes, etc. Remember, be flexible, positive, and have a great time!
In case you missed it, I’ve attached the information packet sent out earlier in the week that has additional details, maps, etc.
THE PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MARCH CODE OF CONDUCT
Agreed to by the People’s Climate March Host Committee on July 17, 2014.
To encourage the broadest and most diverse involvement possible, to respect our many communities and the important issues we are supporting, to help create a family-friendly mobilization and to help ensure the safety of all participants, we expect everyone taking part in the People’s Climate March on Sept. 21, 2014 to respect the following agreements:
- We will use no violence (physical or verbal) towards any person.
- We will not destroy or damage property.
- We will promote a tone of respect, honesty, transparency, and accountability in our actions.
- We will not carry anything that can be construed as a weapon, nor possess (or consume) any alcohol or drugs.
- We will all hold each other accountable to respecting these agreements.
Liability Waivers. All participants on Sierra Club outings are required to sign a standard liability waiver. If you would like to read the liability waiver before you choose to participate in an outing, download a copy at http://charlottesierraclub.files.wordpress.com/2009/02/signinwaiver-with-photo-release.pdf.
Pre-sign in. Thanks to everyone that has completed the rider information! This will make the registration much quicker. If you haven’t done so please go to Charlotte People’s Climate March Bus #2 Rider information .
Manhattan Weather Forecast on Sunday – Check Saturday at – http://www.weather.com/weather/weekend/USKS0358
Low 54/High 83. Sunny. Chance of rain 10%.
At Home Prep
Make your signs, banner, etc. Make a costume. Be creative!
Practice your musical instrument and noise makers (Yes, they are welcomed)
Make or buy some goodies to share on the bus.
What to bring
Travel light but bring anything you’ll need to make you feel comfortable, safe and ready to march.
Money for meals (Sunday breakfast/lunch/dinner), t-shirts, etc.
For sleeping on the bus – light blanket, small pillow, ear plugs (stored in small bag)
Pad and pen
Bring food – Sunday lunch, snacks, fruit bars, etc.
Water Bottle: Plenty of filtered water on the bus
Signs and banners but NO metal or wood sticks
A sense of humor and compassion
What not to bring
wood, metal or PVC poles
amplified sound systems
Our bus. Horizon Coach Lines of Charlotte is our carrier. It will be the same bus up and back. You can leave things on the bus but Horizon nor the Sierra Club will be responsible for your items. The bus has a bathroom but no WiFi or seat power outlets. NOTE: There will be 3 buses leaving from the same area on Saturday. Be sure to get on the right bus!
Meet at 5500 Executive Center Drive at 7:30pm on Saturday the 20th
Depart Charlotte at 8pm!
We will stop outside of NYC for a quick breakfast and allow folks to change and store their gear under the bus.
Arrive in NYC abut 9:00 AM: Drop off on 86th Street between Columbus Ave and Central Park West
The march will line up between 86th and 59th on Central Park West, just north of Columbus Circle. You can enter at Central Park West and 77th St. to join the Sierra Club in the “We Have Solutions” contingent. Greenpeace will be lining up between W 81st St.and W 82nd St. on Central Park West with the Arctic Contingent.
11:30 – 3:30 Participate in the march
3:30 – 5:00 After-march activities
5:00 pm depart march and make way to pick-up location near the bus. Our allotted parking block which will be south and west of 11th Ave. and 34th St. Plan to be at the bus by 5:30 PM. We will be leaving NYC at 6:00 PM.
Arrive in Charlotte at 5500 Executive Center Drive around 6am on Monday, the 22nd
People’s Climate March Lineup
Today’s climate movement is different from the one of decades past, and we want to make sure the People’s Climate March tells the story of today’s climate movement. To make that happen, we’re trying something new and arranging the contingents of the march in a way that helps us thread our many messages together. There will be six themes by which different contingents can group themselves. If you would like to join a specific contingent, we urge you to arrive early. Once city blocks fill up, you will be asked to join the march at 86th street. We ask people to be flexible, as this plan is subject to change. The march is going to be great wherever you are! No matter where you line up, you will have an amazing time! For details of the entire lineup, see http://peoplesclimate.org/lineup/.
Sierra Club “We Have Solutions” pre-assembly mini-rally
Sierra Club will be hosting a mini-rally for those gathering in the “We Have Solutions” theme before the PCM steps off. We encourage Sierra Club members, supporters, volunteers and staff to join us on Central Park West at 72nd St between 9:00 – 10:45am to get signs, stickers, buttons and to hear from some exciting speakers around 11:00am (tba). This will also be a great time to network with fellow activists from other states! The best way to get to the min-rally will be from 77th St to Central Park West.
Unifying Moment during the PCM
At 12:58pm, the People’s Climate March will halt and have a moment of silence for those that have been affected by the Climate Crisis. We are asking all participants to set their cell phone to vibrate at 12:58pm to signal the beginning of the moment of silence. After two minutes of silence, at 1:00pm, the People’s Climate March will SOUND THE ALARM on the Climate Crisis (aka: BRING YOUR NOISEMAKERS!!!) Churchbells will ring throughout the city, while PCM marchers will sound their noisemakers. Bring your whistle, bring your tamborine, bring something to make a lot of noise to help sound the alarm.
End of March: Peoples Block Party
The end of the march will be a Peoples Climate block party! This is a chance for everyone to walk around and visit with other themes. Within each gathering area there will be the big art pieces from the theme, the banner for the theme, chairs for those with accessibility needs, and a lot of people to meet! In addition to the convergence areas, there will also be two stages with music only (no speakers), a marching band performance area, an area of food trucks, the climate ribbon ritual, and an area of port a potties.
Find the most updated information about the day of the march here: peoplesclimate.org/transportation-resources/
Find more logistical information, maps, and routes go here http://peoplesclimate.org/logistics/
There will be Porto-potties and water stations along the march route.
Call or email me if you have questions.
Great article. And in other news…
The People’s Climate March has gone global!
A weekend to bend the course of history
In September, heads of state are going to New York City for a historic summit on climate change. With our future on the line, we will take a weekend and use it to bend the course of history.
In New York City there will be an unprecedented climate mobilisation – in size, beauty, and impact. This moment will not be just about New York or the United States. Heads of state from around the world will be there, as will the attention of global media.
Our demand is for Action, Not Words: take the action necessary to create a world with an economy that works for people and the planet – now. In short, we want a world safe from the ravages of climate change.
We know that no single meeting or summit will “solve climate change” and in many ways this moment will not even really be about the summit. We want this moment to be about us – the people who are standing up in our communities, to organise, to build power, to confront the power of fossil fuels, and to shift power to a just, safe, peaceful world.
To do that, we need to act – together.
Join the Global Weekend of Action
People’s Climate March = Marching for the Future
Bill McKibben, Eddie Bautista, LaTonya Crisp-Sauray | September 14, 2014
On Sunday, Sept. 21, a huge crowd will march through the middle of Manhattan. It will almost certainly be the largest rally about climate change in human history, and one of the largest political protests in many years in New York. More than 1,000 groups are coordinating the march—environmental justice groups, faith groups, labor groups—which means there’s no one policy ask. Instead, it’s designed to serve as a loud and pointed reminder to our leaders, gathering that week at the United Nations to discuss global warming, that the next great movement of the planet’s citizens centers on our survival and their pathetic inaction.
As a few of the march’s organizers, though, we can give some sense of why we, at least, are marching, words we think represent many of those who will gather at Columbus Circle for the walk through midtown Manhattan.
We’re tired of winning the argument and losing the fight. And so we march. Poster by James Jean
We march because the world has left the Holocene behind: scientists tell us that we’ve already raised the planet’s temperature almost one degree Celsius, and are on track for four or five by century’s end. We march because Hurricane Sandy filled the New York City subway system with salt water, reminding us that even one of the most powerful cities in the world is already vulnerable to slowly rising ocean levels.
We march because we know that climate change affects everyone, but its impacts are not equally felt: those who have contributed the least to causing the crisis are hit hardest, here and around the world. Communities on the frontlines of global warming are already paying a heavy price, in some cases losing the very land on which they live. This isn’t just about polar bears any more.
But since polar bears can’t march, we march for them, too, and for the rest of creation now poised on the verge of what biologists say will be the planet’s sixth great extinction event, one unequalled since the last time a huge asteroid struck the Earth 66 million years ago.
And we march for generations yet to come, our children, grandchildren and their children, whose lives will be systematically impoverished and degraded. It’s the first time one century has wrecked the prospects of the millennia to come, and it makes us mad enough to march.
We march with hope, too. We see a few great examples around the world of how quickly we could make the transition to renewable energy. We know that if there were days this summer when Germany generated nearly 75 percent of its power from renewable sources of energy, the rest of us could, too—especially in poorer nations around the equator that desperately need more energy. And we know that labor-intensive renewables would provide far more jobs than capital-intensive coal, gas and oil.
And we march with some frustration: why haven’t our societies responded to 25 years of dire warnings from scientists? We’re not naïve; we know that the fossil fuel industry is the 1 percent of the 1 percent. But sometimes we think we shouldn’t have to march. If our system worked the way it should, the world would long ago have taken the obvious actions economists and policy gurus have recommended—from taxing carbon to reflect the damage it causes to funding a massive World War II-scale transition to clean energy.
Marching is not all, or even most, of what we do. We advocate; we work to install solar panels; we push for sustainable transit. We know, though, that history shows marching is usually required, that reason rarely prevails on its own. (And we know that sometimes even marching isn’t enough; we’ve been to jail and we’ll likely be back.)
We’re tired of winning the argument and losing the fight. And so we march. We march for the beaches and the barrios. We march for summers when the cool breeze still comes down in the evening. We march because Exxon spends $100 million every day looking for more hydrocarbons, even though scientists tell us we already have far more in our reserves than we can safely burn. We march for those too weak from dengue fever and malaria to make the journey. We march because California has lost 63 trillion gallons of groundwater to the fierce drought that won’t end, and because the glaciers at the roof of Asia are disappearing. We march because researchers told the world in April that the West Antarctic ice sheet has begun to melt “irrevocably”; Greenland’s ice shield may soon follow suit; and the waters from those, as rising seas, will sooner or later drown the world’s coastlines and many of its great cities.
We don’t march because there’s any guarantee it will work. If you were a betting person, perhaps you’d say we have only modest hope of beating the financial might of the oil and gas barons and the governments in their thrall. It’s obviously too late to stop global warming entirely, but not too late to slow it down—and it’s not too late, either, to simply pay witness to what we’re losing, a world of great beauty and complexity and stability that has nurtured humanity for thousands of years.
There’s a world to march for—and a future, too. The only real question is why anyone wouldn’t march.
Eddie Bautista is executive director of the New York City Environmental Justice Alliance. LaTonya Crisp-Sauray is the recording secretary for the Transport Workers Union Local 100. Bill McKibben is the founder of 350.org and a TomDispatch regular.