People's Climate March: The Story
The People’s Climate March was an amazing display of the size and beauty of our movement. We showcased our strength, our resiliency, and our capacity to come together when needed. We are moving towards a brighter and more just future -- and we couldn't have said that louder than we just did.
We knew the weekend was going to be huge -- there were 2646 events planned in 162 countries.
On Friday, pictures of amazing events started pouring in from around the world.
Australia in particular went all out - there were 200 events around the country, including huge marches in Melbourne and Sydney.
By Sunday morning, incredible images were flooding in from all over the world.
- Vancouver and Seattle held a joint action that crossed the US/Canadian border because climate change affects us all, regardless of nation.
When it finally came time for the New York City march, we had no idea how big it was going to be. But by 8am the streets were clear and open for us to begin assembling.
The streets started filling up with amazing art.
- Before the march, a local indigenous Mexican dance troupe performed an Aztec prayer ceremony sculpture in front of their 14 foot sculpture of Coatlicue, an Aztec earth goddess.
The march was so big that we started moving early - and it still took hours for the people at the end of the march to reach the start. Youth from frontline communities and indigenous peoples lead the way.