Climate change is real. We’ve known this for a long time and we’re already seeing its effects at home. Catastrophic storms are hitting land further north and with greater fury than ever before. The images coming from California’s historic drought are mind-boggling. Elsewhere, glaciers are melting, monsoons are failing and extreme weather is decimating crop yields. This is some pretty scary stuff.
Here in New York, we’ve been a leader in its efforts to mitigate climate change through PlaNYC. As we should be; climate change poses an existential risk to our city. Hurricane Sandy made that crystal clear to us all. We’ve built back our communities and our infrastructure so they’re stronger and more resilient. Even so, we’re still extremely vulnerable to the next super storm.
We can’t fix this alone. Leaders in Washington, Beijing, New Delhi and emerging economies around the world need to do their part too. Estimates suggest we may have as little as twenty years to turn things around before it’s too late.
The next major round of UN climate talks is happening next week in New York. They offer a great deal of hope as major leaders as pledging to take climate change seriously this time. Another positive development is a new report suggests that fixing climate change might cost us nothing or even have an economic benefit. But powerful business interests and politicians worried about their next election threaten to derail our last best chance.
This all sounds daunting and you’re probably wondering what difference one person can make. A lot. With our future on the line and the whole world watching, we’re staging the largest climate march -- ever. This is important. It could change the path of history.
I’m proud to be marching with WE ACT for Environmental Justice and you can find out the details on where to meet our contingent below. For more information about the march, visit the website for the People’s Climate March.
We need to make our collective voices heard loud and clear. Can I count on you to join me this Sunday?
The March - 11:30 am, Sunday, September 21st
Assembly Location: Central Park West, between 65th and 86th streets. Enter on 65th, 72nd, 77th, 81st, or 86th street.
End Location: 11th Ave. in the streets between 34th Street and 38th Street
1854 Amsterdam Ave
at 152nd Street
New York, NY
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