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The Biggest Climate March in History

The Biggest Climate March in History

This fall, the People’s Climate March established a new milestone in American environmental history. Planned by a coalition of organizations, the march drew participants and supporters from around the country, including Saint Ann’s School. The march was timed to coincide with the UN Climate Summit in New York City, which set the groundwork for UN Framework Convention on Climate Change set to take place in Paris at the end of 2015. The goal of the march was to create the largest and most diverse climate event in history, in order to expand both awareness about and influence of the environmental movement, “Something that the entire world can’t ignore.”

On September 21st 2014, citizens and officials alike congregated at several meeting points along Central Park around 11:30 am to begin the march. The streets became congested as more and more protesters poured in from the greater New York area and disembarked from buses that had travelled from around the nation. Strangers were pressed together, forming one cohesive mass of people, restless to get going. Eventually, the masses began to move forward around noon and the walking proceeded through most of the day, all along Central Park West, through Times Square, and down to the western end of 34th Street. The number of people present was staggering, to say the least. Our Saint Ann’s community alone got together a group of roughly 40 students, teachers and parents, and as whole, more than 400,000 people attended the event - far more than what the organizers had hoped for. The driving idea behind the March was to help raise environmental awareness with a message for all the world to see, and to say it succeeded would be an understatement. The “climate alarm” reverberated around the globe as partner events took place in major cities on almost every continent. This unity inspired a global outcry to the governments of the world, demanding that the UN address the very immediate issue of climate change.

-Miles T.

(Art by Elliot M.)

Check out this video wrapping up the event: