MANILA, September 23, 2014 — Tens of thousands of protestors turned out for the People’s Climate March on Sunday in Manhattan, including some Filipinos led by Fr. Edwin Gariguez, Executive Secretary of the National Secretariat for Social Action Justice and Peace (NASSA).
Marchers were toting hand-held banners and paper sunflowers, chanting slogans, and demanding action ahead of the upcoming the UN climate summit in New York.
Overwhelming Manhattan’s Midtown neighborhood, demonstrators rallied together in support of Mother Earth two days ahead of the UN summit, where nations are expected to lay the groundwork for a future carbon emissions plan. Any potential binding
agreement is not expected to be made until the Climate Change Conference in Paris late next year.
Organizers had expected around 100,000 people to attend but announced Sunday afternoon that more than 310,000 protesters had assembled. The impressive march, organized in conjunction with more than 2,800 events in 166 countries, could not have come at a more demonstrative moment — just a week after national climate scientists reported searing temperatures over the summer months. (SocialActionNews)