Climate Change Activists Organize New York March Ahead of UN Summit

PHOTO: More than 30 people gathered in Times Square to promote the Peoples Climate March with illuminated signs on Aug. 28, 2014.NYC Light Brigade
More than 30 people gathered in Times Square to promote the People's Climate March with illuminated signs on Aug. 28, 2014.

Activists say they hope for "a world safe from the ravages of climate change," as they plan a New York City march to draw attention to changing global weather patterns two days before a United Nation summit meets to discuss the issue.

"Together, we'll take to the streets to demand the world we know is within our reach," organizers of the People's Climate March, the New York City event planned for Sunday, Sept. 21, wrote on their Facebook page.

"A world with an economy that works for people and the planet ... A world with good jobs, clean air, and healthy communities for everyone," they wrote.

The plan is for the march to assemble in New York City's Central Park the morning of Sept. 21 and move downtown along a two-mile route, according to the organizers' website.

City Councilman Donovan Richards said at a rally to publicize the march last week that he expects many people from around the country "will descend on New York City streets to let our leaders know that we can no longer turn a blind eye to this crisis," according to The Associated Press.

The march is scheduled two days before a United Nations summit on climate change. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will host the 2014 climate summit on Sept. 23. World leaders from governments and international environmental and business industries are expected to attend, according to the United Nations' website.

Organizers of New York City's climate change march told the AP they expect similar marches to take place in other cities around the world, like Rio de Janeiro and Lagos, Nigeria.