On September 21st, 2014, 400,000 people marched through the streets of New York City to demand that world leaders take action on climate change. It was an unbelievably inspiring and invigorating day. During the march, I knew I was exactly where I was supposed to be, fighting for change in a beautiful, collective way. I marched alongside 80 Mount Holyoke students and 50,000 students from 400 colleges and universities from across the country. The youth contingent covered 10 city blocks!
In terms of people power, the People’s Climate March was a huge success. Unlike many previous large climate and environmental actions, the story was picked up by much of the mainstream media, including the New York Times, The Huffington Post, Rolling Stone, the Guardian, Slate, the New Yorker, and the Wall Street Journal. Many celebrities, politicians, and actors also attended the march, including Al Gore, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Mark Ruffalo, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kevin Bacon, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Russell Brand, Edward Norton, Mary Robinson, and even the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon. The march was generally larger than many organizers expected. When I was canvassing in New York City this summer, my script said that a quarter of a million people would march with us- and the final number was much larger!
Here are some photos from the march, specifically the youth contingent. Thanks to Kayla Smith for the amazing photography.