The next time someone tries to tell you that “no one gives a crap about climate change,” show them these 23 amazing photos of the hundreds of thousands of people who came together around the world for the People’s Climate March on Sunday, September 21. But as a mother among many mothers around the world, it’s hard for me to believe “nobody cares” about our future.
While the mainstream media news stations were busy totally ignoring the People’s Climate March that weekend, over 400,000 people showed up in New York City alone to show their support for clean energy before this week’s United Nations Climate Summit. And that’s just in New York City.
“Nobody cares about climate change?” Think again. On Sept. 21 400,000 people showed up just in New York City for People’s Climate marches around the world. Photo: Video screen grab/NBC.
Elizabeth Michaud, tech writer and mom from Boston who made the trek to New York City told reporters:
“If we don’t hurry up and clean up our act we are in the process of destroying a livable planet. We need to take action.”
Hundreds of thousands more turned out in towns and cities around the world, in far flung places like Rome, Tokyo, New Delhi, Papua New Guinea, and Kathmandu. MSNBC reports over 40,000 demonstrators gathered for People’s Climate March events in London, 25,000 in Paris; and 10,000 in Melbourne, Australia.
The media took their sweet time about covering the People’s Climate Marches — Media Matters reports not a single one of the Sunday talk shows even bothered mentioning them. But NBC finally came out with a belated report:
23 amazing photos from People’s Climate March events around the world.
Here’s the Facebook post from Mother Jones that inspired my post:
22. New York City — Michael Polard via Mother Jones.
Mother Jones – The next time you hear someone say “no one gives a shit about climate change,” show them this photo. http://bit.ly/XGiGr3 (Photo: Michael Polard) #climatemarch
21. London — Feargus and Hili via Climate Revolution.
The People’s Climate March – London (9 photos): Sunday 21st September, 2014. From London to New York, Rio de Janeiro to Delhi and Stockholm to Lagos, this was the largest ever global march for Climate! All over the world, over 500,000 people took to the streets to put pressure on world leaders to take action on carbon emissions.
20. New Delhi, India – Brad Johnson.
Brad Johnson @climatebrad: Check out the @Peoples_Climate March in sweltering New Delhi (95F/35C), India! @350india #peoplesclimate #pcm pic.twitter.com/KNaQWcFHQX
19. Bendigo, Australia — Henny Penny.
Henny Penny @rosegoggles RT @350ppmJames: People’s Climate March in Bendigo, Australia #peoplesclimate pic.twitter.com/G5QtzewF1i
18. Kathmandu, Nepal — Brad Johnson.
Brad Johnson @climatebrad Beautiful: @Peoples_Climate March in Kathmandu, Nepal via @sunilnpl #peoplesclimate #pcm pic.twitter.com/U4kqmfhvyk
15. Tokyo — People’s Climate March.
TOKYO: this inspiring group helped start People’s Climate demanding that Japan goes “Nuclear Free, Carbon Free!” — in Tokyo, Japan.
14. Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea — Robert Weber via People’s Climate March.
To #StandUpForThePacific we need ACTIONS, not words!!! Photo credit: Robert Weber, Old Plantation.
12. New Delhi, India — 350 India.
People’s Climate March with replicas of wind turbines and solar panels.
Huge numbers even turned out for the People’s Climate March in New York City early for this beautiful promotional photo.
8. Istanbul — Ayla Jean Yackley.
Ayla Jean Yackley @aylajean few thousand environmentalists in #climatemarch on #istanbul’s istiklal against govt’s nuclear, hydro plans pic.twitter.com/tlokiv3zcx
6. Berlin — Grossi.
Grossi @GrossiBerlin #peoplesclimate Berlin March arriving at the B-Gate. Save the climate-Save the planet pic.twitter.com/NycwyhDAmI.
2. Signs from new York — ABS CBN News Channel.
ABS-CBN News Channel @ANCALERTS Some of the protest signs carried during the People’s Climate March in New York. (Photo via Reuters) pic.twitter.com/99hmMdGIef
1. London — Richard Stonehouse via the World Wildlife Fund.
Nathalie Claes @NatClaes Inspiring day and proud to be representing @wwf_uk at People’s Climate March in London #fortheloveof sunny days <3 pic.twitter.com/hmJCi9p5bx
A version of this post originally appeared in AATTP.