'The Whole World Watching:' The Largest Climate March in History

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The People's Climate March, billed as the largest demonstration of its kind in history, organized by more than 1,500 organizations including indigenous, faith, labor, environmental justice, social justice, youth, and climate activism groups, takes place Sunday in New York City.

The People's Climate March, billed as the largest demonstration of its kind in history, organized by more than 1,500 organizations including indigenous, faith, labor, environmental justice, social justice, youth, and climate activism groups, takes place Sunday in New York City.

The goals of the march are lofty: “With our future on the line and the whole world watching, we’ll take a stand to bend the course of history. We’ll take to the streets to demand the world we know is within our reach: a world with an economy that works for people and the planet; a world safe from the ravages of climate change; a world with good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities.”

Over 100,000 people are expected to participate in Manhattan; close to 500 buses are coming in from nearly all 50 states; more than 32 marching bands are ready to play.  In 162 countries across the world, thousands of rallies are taking place in solidarity.

Common Dreams spoke to climate activist Bill McKibben, co-founder of 350.org, at a press conference before the march. "You know what, this is the most important place in the world right now," he said. 

Democracy Now! is providing three hours of live coverage from the march in New York City.

This story was originally published on Common Dreams.


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