PEF leaders and members will participate in the People’s Climate March September 21 that will wind its way through Midtown Manhattan along a two-mile route. More than 500,000 people are expected to attend this event to broadcast a message of frustration and anger at what the march organizers describe as a lack of action by American and world leaders.
The march is being organized by more than a dozen environmental, labor and social justice groups to be one of the largest protests about climate change in the history of the U.S. More than 1,400 “partner organizations” have signed on, ranging from small groups to international coalitions. And, 2,700 climate events in 158 countries are planned to coincide with the New York march, including rallies in Delhi, Jakarta, London, Melbourne and Rio de Janeiro.
In Midtown, the march will begin at 11:30 a.m. at Columbus Circle and will end at 11th Avenue and West 34th Street. At 1 p.m., after a moment of silence, marchers will be encouraged to use instruments, cell phone alarms and whistles to make as much noise as possible, aided by at least 20 marching bands and the tolling of church bells across the city. The purpose is to sound the alarm on people who are stealing the future and turning their backs on nature.