Today in New York City, a climate summit is being hosted at the UN Headquarters, the first since 2009. 125 heads of state and government are in attendance. In anticipation of this summit, hundreds of thousands of people across the world—in 156 countries, to be exact—participated in marches, rallies, and protests to bring attention to much-needed reform in carbon emissions, and how to better respond to climate change.
The BBC reports the largest of the events was a march Sunday in Manhattan, which brought out 310,000 people. Updated independent experts now say 400,000 joined the People’s Climate March. Among those was UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who said, “Climate change is a defining issue of our time, and there is no time to lose. If we do not take action now we will have to pay much more.”
Other demonstrations took place in Melbourne, Rio de Janeiro, Paris, and London and around the world.
Though this is not the first climate conference to be held, hopes are high that the effects of today’s summit will be different. The gathering of so many to make their voices heard could be a tipping point to galvanize more action from governments, companies and communities.
Organizers of The People’s Climate March in Manhattan expressed hope in transforming climate change, ‘from an environmental concern to an everybody issue.’
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