The People’s Climate March on Sunday turned out to be, as promised, the largest climate demonstration in the history of the Earth. An estimated 400,000 people packed the streets of Manhattan to plead with world leaders to take big measures to slow climate change. Tens of thousands more marched in demonstrations around the globe, from Melbourne to London to Austin, Texas.
People march on behalf of children, students, asthma sufferers, indigenous people, island residents, farmers, foodies, you name it. The crowd was diverse in every way. Our photographer, Aidan Kessler, was at the NYC march to capture this historic event. The pictures tell the story of what frustrates, inspires and angers Americans eager for solutions.
Marchers carried huge Climate Justice banners; jubilant to be standing up for climate action.
A crush of people, lined up block after block, proceeded at a crawl from staging points along Central Park West. It was nearly two hours before everyone was moving.
Changing our food systems can help reduce carbon pollution, say locavores and advocates of organic agriculture who turned out in big numbers.
No, moving to Mars is not an option.
Antioch College gets right to the point. College students came from coast to coast to protest inaction on climate change, which they see as the most critical issue of our time.
Marchers touted solutions that would slow climate change.
Many made a direct appeal to world leaders meeting at the United Nations on Tuesday this week. They chanted it “What do we want, climate justice. When do we want it, now.”
Because . . . There is no Planet B.
Even Thomas Edison said he’d put his money on solar power.
The crowd also protested natural gas fracking, which has contaminated drinking water and emits methane gases that are many times more potent than carbon emissions.
Rising seas threaten cities around the globe, as arctic ice melts. New Orleans knows first hand what it feels like to be inundated.
Nature cannot withstand our carbon-polluting ways.
If we fail to act to slow climate change, there will be consequences.