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Tens of thousands expected at New York climate march 20.9.2014 Yahoo: Politics

South Street Seaport, an area of lower Manhattan that was severely flooded during Hurricane Sandy, on March 31, 2014 in New York CityNew York (AFP) - Celebrities, activists and political leaders are expected to join more than 100,000 people in New York Sunday for what could be the largest climate change protest in history, organizers said.


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People's Climate March: Working for a Better World 19.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This Sunday, an estimated 100,000 people will flood the streets of midtown Manhattan for the largest climate demonstration in world history. They will come from all over the globe, with interests, talents, and biographies that mirror the incredible diversity of our world. What's even more groundbreaking is how many groups have come together to unite behind a common message of environmental protection. Thousands of union members will link arms with environmental activists, to demand action from global leaders to reverse the effects of climate change. At first, that might seem strange -- the labor movement and environmentalists are not often characterized as natural allies. But if the People's Climate March teaches us anything, it's that what unites us is far greater than what divides us. 1199's members, over 400,000 nurses and caregivers, are both the heroes and victims of climate change. As medical professionals, they have been on the front lines of the climate fight, caring for New Yorkers in the wake ...
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A People's Climate Movement: Indigenous, Labor, Faith Groups Prepare for Historic March 19.9.2014 Democracy Now!
New York City is set to host what could be the largest climate change protest in history. Organizers expect more than 100,000 people to converge for a People's Climate March on Sunday. Some 2,000 solidarity events are scheduled around the world this weekend ahead of Tuesday’s United Nations climate summit. We spend the hour with four participants representing the labor, indigenous, faith and climate justice communities: Rev. Dr. Serene Jones is the president of Union Theological Seminary, which recently voted to divest from fossil fuels; Lidy Nacpil is a member of the Philippine Movement for Climate Justice; Clayton Thomas-Muller is co-director of the Indigenous Tar Sands Campaign in Canada and a member of the Idle No More campaign; and Estela Vázquez is executive vice president of 1199 SEIU, which is expected to bring thousands of union members to the march. Democracy Now! will broadcast live from the People's Climate March on Sunday, September 21. "Click here to ...
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Capitalism vs. the Climate: Naomi Klein on Need for New Economic Model to Address Ecological Crisis 19.9.2014 Truthout.com
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Historic Climate Change Protests Only Days Away 19.9.2014 Truthout.com
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While We March for the Climate, Governments Meet with Polluters 19.9.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Why I’m Marching Against Climate Change 19.9.2014 Mother Jones
This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. There have undoubtedly been stable periods in human history, but you and your parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents never lived through one, and neither will any children or grandchildren you may have or come to have. Everything has been changing continuously, profoundly—from the role of women to the nature of agriculture. For the past couple of hundred years, change has been accelerating in both magnificent and nightmarish ways. Yet when we argue for change, notably changing our ways in response to climate change, we're arguing against people who claim we're disrupting a stable system. They insist that we're rocking the boat unnecessarily. I say: rock that boat. It's a lifeboat; maybe the people in it will wake up and start rowing. Those who think they're hanging onto a stable order are actually clinging to the wreckage of the old order, a ship already sinking, that we need to leave ...
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Greenhouse gases hit record as activists roll to U.N. climate summit. 19.9.2014 Denver Post: News: Local
Colorado environmentalists rode climate trains filled with ralliers from other states toward the U.
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While We March for the Climate, Governments Meet With Polluters 19.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This article was originally published by Foreign Policy In Focus and TheNation.com . As climate activists converge on New York, world leaders will meet behind closed doors with corporate honchos who bank on fossil fuels. I'm going to guess you've heard of the People's Climate March by now. It's been all over Facebook, the blogosphere, buses, and subway cars--it's even shown up on network news, which has been something of a black hole for climate activism. But in case you're just getting back from vacation (or a cave), here's the deal: on Sunday, September 21st, tens of thousands of people are expected to flood the streets of New York City to call on global leaders to take action on climate change. What's been somewhat forgotten in the truly herculean effort to make this the biggest climate mobilization ever is what global leaders are doing in town in the first place. The truth is, they've been called to New York by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon to meet in an unofficial capacity , because ...
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New York march seeks to be largest climate change event ever 19.9.2014 LA Times: Environment
Meaye Ndoye, a 34-year-old student from Brooklyn, volunteers frequently in his community, but he’s never participated in the type of public march that seems to occur on a weekly basis here, calling for an end to America’s military presence in Iraq or protesting the NYPD or...
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Why the World Must March for the Climate 19.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
One of the more remarkable days in my political career came in the fall of 2009. The climate change activists at 350.org were putting together their first big global day of action, and they asked us in the Maldives for help. I was the newly elected president, and I had plenty on my plate -- but in the end there's no bigger issue than climate change for the Maldives, since the rising sea calls our very existence into question. The highest point in our archipelago is just a few meters above the Indian Ocean. Though these islands have been settled for 5,000 years, their future looks bleak. And so I did something unusual. I persuaded the other members of my cabinet to either learn to scuba dive, or to dig out their own scuba gear. And we met -- masks and tanks on -- around a table set up a few meters beneath the surface of the sea, against the backdrop of some of the bleached coral that the warmer waters of our new ocean had killed. At our underwater cabinet meeting we signed a proclamation (on plastic, not ...
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5 Ways to Support the People's Climate March Without Marching 19.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Here's the truth: I've been known to faint in crowds and heat. As an activist spirit, I've joined big groups to march for change -- the walks for AIDS and cancer; the Take Back the Night rallies; the peace and human- and animal-rights protests. But the older I get, the more I avoid crowded, hot events, and I'm really OK with that. But then, see, there's this big People's Climate March coming this weekend, Sept. 21, in New York City, and in some 1,500 cities like mine around the globe. And it's important. Friends are going to our city's march, to use their physical presence as a show of support for preserving our Mother Earth. Right on. I want to support that. I want to encourage lots of people to join and march , to make a statement about the importance of doing something on a large sale about climate change. Because it's time: The scientists have weighed in on the reality of climate change, we're seeing the effects on our weather and ecosystems , all the world's major religions are on board , and ...
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Capitalism vs. the Climate: Naomi Klein on Need for New Economic Model to Address Ecological Crisis 18.9.2014 Democracy Now!
As the United Nations prepares to hold one-day global summit on climate change, we speak to award-winning author Naomi Klein about her new book, "This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate." In the book, Klein details how our neoliberal economic system and our planetary system are now at war. With global emissions at an all-time high, Klein says radical action is needed. "We have not done the things that are necessary to lower emissions because those things fundamentally conflict with deregulated capitalism, the reigning ideology for the entire period we have been struggling to find a way out of this crisis," Klein writes. "We are stuck because the actions that would give us the best chance of averting catastrophe -- and would benefit the vast majority -- are extremely threatening to an elite minority that has a stranglehold over our economy, our political process, and most of our major media outlets." "Watch Part 2":http://www.democracynow.org/2014/9/18/naomi_klein_on_the_peoples_climate
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As Activists Gear Up for People's Climate March, Rep. Jim McDermott Pushes Carbon Tax 18.9.2014 Truthout.com
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The Wheel Turns, the Boat Rocks, the Sea Rises: Change in a Time of Climate Change 18.9.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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The Thing You Can Do This Week That Counts More Than Voting 18.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Maybe you've heard that the biggest ever climate march is happening in New York this weekend. But maybe you don't go to marches. You don't go, even when you care about an issue, because you don't consider yourself to be an activist and you don't have activist friends. It's not part of your lifestyle. Maybe you don't go because no one has ever asked. When I started working at Greenpeace about six years ago, I had never been to a march. Honestly, probably had no intentions of ever going to one, despite the having passionate feelings about our military being in the Middle East, climate change, marriage equality, immigration. I actually don't think I knew anyone who had ever been to a march. I was working in publishing and, for me, political action was limited to publishing books of smart lefty writers, reading Mother Jones and The Nation. In 2008, my friends and I were feeling really optimistic about Obama and what he could do for healthcare, the environment, everything. This was, if you can imagine, ...
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Meet You in Manhattan? Climate Activists Broaden Their Base 18.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Tens of thousands of green activists are heading to New York City to march in solidarity on Sunday (September 21), in a prelude to a high profile climate change summit called by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. Determined "to galvanize and catalyze climate action" at the New York summit, he challenged heads of state to "innovate, scale up, cooperate, and deliver concrete action that will close the emissions gap and put us on track for an ambitious legal agreement." Five years after COP-15, the climate conference in Copenhagen which saw developing nations and first world polluters blaming one another for a policy stalemate, is the public finally fed up with inaction on global warming from the world's leaders? The march's organizers, who have plastered metro and bus stations with posters and leaflets and unleashed a cyberblitz of publicity on social media, are optimistic. They estimate that as many as 500,000 participants could join a peaceful protest on the streets of Manhattan. With ...
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The Wheel Turns, the Boat Rocks, the Sea Rises: Change in a Time of Climate Change 18.9.2014 Truthout - All Articles
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The Wheel Turns, the Boat Rocks, the Sea Rises 18.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com There have undoubtedly been stable periods in human history, but you and your parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents never lived through one, and neither will any children or grandchildren you may have or come to have. Everything has been changing continuously, profoundly -- from the role of women to the nature of agriculture. For the past couple of hundred years, change has been accelerating in both magnificent and nightmarish ways. Yet when we argue for change, notably changing our ways in response to climate change, we’re arguing against people who claim we’re disrupting a stable system.  They insist that we’re rocking the boat unnecessarily. I say: rock that boat. It’s a lifeboat; maybe the people in it will wake up and start rowing. Those who think they’re hanging onto a stable order are actually clinging to the wreckage of the old order, a ship already sinking, that we need to leave behind. As you probably know, the actual oceans are rising -- almost eight ...
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The Carbon Underground: Reversing Global Warming 18.9.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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