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The People’s Climate March

September 30, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments

Emilio Cogliani

I recently shared the exhilaration of joining an estimated 400,000 people to march through the streets of New York City to express growing political will for governments to acknowledge the impact of climate change today on global health and security and to respond now with national and international resolve to act specifically and dramatically to reduce global emissions, implement alternative energy sources, and otherwise modify societal behaviors through regulation, legislation, treaty, inter-governmental cooperation, and adequate public investment.

The People’s Climate March was long, loud, colorful, and committed, made up of indigenous peoples, elders and politicians, youth groups, and hundreds of other organizations focused on multiple issues and situations, local and national, that comprise the catalog of impacts caused by changing climate and political indifference. While there was much fun and fervor, there was also certainly an under-current of frustration and anger at the ever-lengthening postponement and dilution of any meaningful…

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