September 21, 2014 New York, NY
Thousands came to participate in one of the largest marches held in the US on climate change. The indigenous populations have been affected most from climate change were well represented and led the march. Activists, community groups, faith-based groups, students from college campuses and high schools , and many others all came together for one cause.
The effects of climate change are jeopardizing the lives of all of us on planet Earth. California is currently in the midst of a severe fire season with multiple fires still raging uncontrolled in various parts of the state. New York and New Jersey citizens have still not completely recovered from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The islands of the Pacific are seeing many communities lose their homes and livelihoods. More animal species are disappearing every year; habitats continue to be threatened.
Our medical director, Dr Kenya Numan, was one of the many hundreds of thousands who came from all across the country and globe to march. The United Nations Climate Summit begins this week. The planners and participants of todays march hope the Summit attendees will take more aggressive action to work to slow the effects of climate change and get more international participation and leadership.
The time to act is now. The lives of future generations are at risk if we do not act now. All of us can lend a hand in helping to slow down the ill effects on our planet. We all need to take responsibility in making a change in our lives. Drive less, use more public transportation, eat less meat, recycle more, and educate yourselves here.