AOC to headline major New York climate march ahead of UN summit

17:12 17.09.2023

Tens of thousands of passionate protesters gathered in New York on Sunday to kick off a week-long series of events aimed at curbing climate change. With their future and lives at stake, demonstrators made it clear that they believe simply curbing climate change won't be enough to save the planet. Instead, they directed their anger and frustration towards U.S. President Joe Biden, urging him to take immediate action.

Protesters demanded that Biden stop approving new oil and gas projects, phase out existing ones, and declare a climate emergency with expanded executive powers. "We hold the power of the people, the power you need to win this election," declared 17-year-old Emma Buretta from Brooklyn, representing the youth protest group Fridays for Future. She warned Biden that if he wants to win in 2024 without the blood of her generation on his hands, he must put an end to fossil fuels.

March to End Fossil Fuels, the highlight of the day, saw the participation of renowned politicians like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Hollywood actors Susan Sarandon, Ethan Hawke, Edward Norton, Kyra Sedgewick, and Kevin Bacon. However, the true action unfolded on Broadway, where protesters filled the streets, passionately advocating for a better future.

The march was the opening salvo of New York's Climate Week, which brings together world leaders from various sectors to discuss solutions to the climate crisis. This year's Climate Week will culminate with a special United Nations summit on Wednesday. However, several leaders of countries responsible for significant carbon emissions will not be attending the UN gathering and will not hear the impassioned pleas of the protesters. Only countries that have pledged concrete action to combat climate change have been invited to speak at the summit, organized by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

Organizers estimated that around 75,000 people participated in the march on Sunday, making it the largest climate march in the United States in the past five years. The rally served as a powerful conclusion to a week filled with over 650 global actions, highlighting the urgency and magnitude of the climate crisis. The upcoming climate protest and rally, headlined by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, are expected to draw thousands of activists to the streets of New York.

Under the banner "March to End Fossil Fuels," protesters are calling on the Biden administration to take bold steps in phasing out fossil fuels. The demonstration is strategically timed just days before the United Nations Climate Ambition Summit, described by UN Secretary-General Ant??nio Guterres as a no-nonsense conference aimed at showcasing new climate commitments.

The combination of these events underscores the determination and sense of urgency exhibited by the protesters and climate activists in their fight against climate change. Their demands for immediate action are resonating with an increasing number of people worldwide who are gravely concerned about the future of our planet.

/ Sunday, September 17, 2023, 5:12 PM /

themes:  Joe Biden  New York (state)  Hollywood

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