The weekend of September 20, 2014 saw an unprecedented mobilization in the name of sustainability. The People’s Climate March, reported to be the largest climate march in history, took place in New York City on Sunday, September 21, with 2808 solidarity events in 166 countries occurring across the globe. Hundreds of thousands gathered, spreading a message of Action-not-Words, when it comes to dealing with climate change.
This day of action, planned in anticipation of the U.N. Climate Change Summit taking place on September 23rd, has directed a spotlight on the planet’s health and future survival, demanding that world leaders take swift action on climate change. United for climate justice, 400,000 people, more than 1,500 of them Unitarian Universalists, marched through Manhattan demanding to be heard.
“It was exhilarating to be part of such a massive outpouring of love and concern for our planet,” said Lynn Harrison, one of five Canadian UUs sponsored to attend the march by the Unitarian Congregation of Vancouver. “I found it especially moving to be part of the interfaith contingent, where the boundaries between faith groups literally blurred as we walked together.”
Despite the potential chaos of hundreds of thousands of individuals gathering in Central Park, many waiting for hours for the march to begin, Lynn described the mood of the crowd as “peaceful and hopeful.” Calling on the power of our collective voice to create the world we want for the future, the People’s Climate March spread a message of hope for a sustainable future. In so doing, this historic event created a space (both virtual, and in those streets of New York City) for communities to come together in love and care for the one home we all share.