Global warming is one of the most pressing issues facing humanity, and during one week in September, you have the perfect opportunity to press for positive change.
On Sept. 23, heads of state from around the world will gather at the United Nations in New York City for a summit on the global climate crisis. President Obama is expected to be there.
Two days before the summit, Sept. 21, 100,000 people are expected to descend into the Big Apple for the People’s Climate March to show these politicians that they care about the planet and demand action. Organizers are calling it the “largest climate march in history” as it will coincide with similar demonstrations around the world — including in Paris, London, Melbourne, East Asia and more.
As Think Progress writes, more than 1,000 organizations have pledged support for the People’s Climate March in New York City, including the Sierra Club, the World Wildlife Fund, the National Wildlife Federation and the Earth Day Network. Students from more than 300 colleges and universities are expected to attend.
So how can you take part? The two-mile march starts at 11:30 a.m. on the 21st at Columbus Circle on the south end of Central Park. You can fly to New York City, but there are also less carbon-intensive modes of transport via bus, train or ride-share (click here to learn more and be sure to check back frequently because more spots will pop up as the day approaches). You can also get involved in several events leading up to the march, as well as help out as a volunteer on the day of the event.
If you can’t get to New York City but still want to be involved, you can watch the U.N. Summit live and or be a part of one of the many events happening in the country outside of the Big Apple. Or join in on the conversation with the hashtags #climate2014, #ClimateMarch, and #PeoplesClimate on Twitter.
After all, it’s not every day that you can help save the planet and be a part of history.