Hundreds? or thousands? from Conn. head to People’s Climate March?

Sep 22nd, 2014 | By | Category: Climate Change, Top Story

Was it hundreds from Conn? or Thousands? at the #PeoplesClimateMarch? The Associated Press, and therefore just about every newspaper in the state, ran the headline, courtesy of The AP, “Hundreds head from Conn. to NYC for climate march.”

The view looking south along Central Park West during the People's Climate March in New York City Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. (photo: cjzurcher)

The view looking south along Central Park West during the People’s Climate March in New York City Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. (photo: cjzurcher)

Having ridden the train with others, both going (on Saturday) and coming home Sunday, I think hundreds is a very low average estimate. Thousands of people from the state were in those trains. I spoke with people who boarded trains close to 7 a.m. Many others filled the trains later in the morning and day.

Why does the largest news gathering organization in the state have to low-ball the figure on how many went? I doubt they paid a staffer to go to any train stations or actually ride a train and try to count the people. Had they, the headline would have been more accurate.

Thankfully, other news organizations actually went and estimated based on what they saw and not on what a few organizations told them.

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More than 300,000 protestors marched through the streets of New York City for the Peoples Climate March — part of an international day of action to call attention to the issue — exceeding the expectations of organizers.

For more on this story, visit: Hundreds of Thousands Demand Climate Action on Streets of New York | Blog | BillMoyers.com.

AND

The view looking north along Central Park West during the People's Climate March in New York City Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. (photo: cjzurcher)

The view looking north along Central Park West during the People’s Climate March in New York City Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. (photo: cjzurcher)

Over three hundred thousand activists walked through Manhattan on Sunday, warning that climate change is destroying the Earth – in stride with demonstrators around the world who urged policymakers to take quick action.

Starting along Central Park West, most came on foot, others with bicycles and walkers, and some even in wheelchairs. Many wore costumes and marched to drumbeats. One woman played the accordion.

For more on this story, visit: 300,000 marchers ring climate warning bell in NYC, around globe – CBS News.

AND:

On Sunday, tens of thousands of demonstrators are expected to join the People’s Climate March through midtown Manhattan; its Web site describes it as the “largest climate march in history.” In May, Bill McKibben wrote an article in Rolling Stone, “A Call to Arms: An Invitation to Demand Action on Climate Change,” which laid some of the groundwork for this weekend’s events. We spoke about the march with McKibben, one of its lead organizers, and a former New Yorker staff writer.

For more on this story, visit: What Bill McKibben Thinks About the People’s Climate March.

AND:

Was this a New York event or a global one? There were other marches around the world on Sunday—“from Paris to Papua New Guinea,” as the Times put it, in a formulation that captured the disparate positions of different peoples in the face of climate change.

For more on this story, visit: Four Questions for After the Climate March – The New Yorker.

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Activists mobilized in cities across the globe Sunday for marches against climate change, with one of the biggest planned for New York, where celebrities, political leaders and tens of thousands of people were expected.

For more on this story, visit: All the people march for climate change | GlobalPost.

Forget the debate over climate change. Calamity is already upon us. A yearlong GlobalPost investigation assesses the damage from the Amazon, to Africa, to the Gobi, Greenland and beyond.

For more on this story, visit: Calamity Calling: A GlobalPost investigation into global climate change (VIDEO) | GlobalPost.

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman says: 

One day before the start of the United Nations Climate Summit, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today published an op-ed on The Huffington Post, emphasizing the need to join together to immediately address the urgent challenges of climate change, and ensure a safer, healthier, more sustainable world. Attorney General Schneiderman also discussed this issue in remarks this morning to a panel hosted by the New York City Bar Association, titled “Leading by Example: State and Local Governments as Catalysts for Action on Climate Change.”

The following are excerpts from the op-ed:

ON THE NEED TO ACT DESPITE WASHINGTON’S CLIMATE CHANGE GRIDLOCK: Tomorrow in New York City, the UN Climate Summit will bring heads of state, business community leaders and activists together to push for action to protect our planet from climate change. While the need for a response is urgent and felt every day in communities across the country, our leaders in Washington have failed to find a way past partisan gridlock and get something done. That is why I will be hosting a special program today on what our states and local communities can do, absent leadership from Washington. Because one thing is clear: We can’t afford to wait.

ON THE PRESENT THREAT OF CLIMATE CHANGE: Earlier this month, my office issued a report that demonstrated the toll that extreme rainstorms and floods are taking on communities all over the State …. Historical weather data analyzed in my report revealed a disturbing increase in the intensity and frequency of storms across New York. In fact, the amounts of rain falling in 24-hour periods rose so dramatically between 1978 and 2007 that so-called 100-year storms now happen, on average, every 60 years.

ON THE FUTURE THREAT OF CLIMATE CHANGE: The report also found that, based on the United States National Climate Assessment, if greenhouse gas emissions follow current trends, the frequency of extreme rainstorms that typically produce 4 to 6.5 inches of rain a day in New York is projected to increase on the order of 300 to 400 percent by century’s end.

ON HIS OFFICE’S ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION EFFORTS: My Environmental Protection Bureau has worked aggressively and creatively to curb greenhouse emissions, protect critical infrastructure from a changing climate, and ensure clean air and water for every New York community. It is why we proposed legislation to require electric and gas utilities to incorporate storm hardening into their planning.

The full op-ed by Attorney General Schneiderman can be read here.

 

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