Today in New York City a historic march took place. Over 310,000 flooded the streets of Manhattan to march for climate action.
In some areas, people waited over two hours just for their turn to walk and spread awareness for the need to make changes in how human being interact with the environment.
Once along the walk, spectators lined the route, cheering on the hundreds of thousands walking towards from the Upper West Side and down through Times Square. The mood was festive, but according to the participants, the message was serious.
Heikki Holmås, a Norwegian member of parliament, joined the walkers today.
He said that he thinks that the world is at a turning point when it comes to implementing change.
“We all hoped Copenhagen in 2009 would be the game changer, but at that time the different parties weren’t able and willing to reach out hands to each other and realize how much needs to be done,” Holmås said. “What’s happened now, first and foremost, we have the political leadership saying this is actually important. In addition all businesses apart from the oil and coal industry understand that this is such a big risk to long-term earning that more and more companies want to be part of the solution, not the problem.”
Others attended because for them, speaking about the need for climate action was a part of their faith.
“A whole host of Christian leaders, including Pope Francis, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton, are echoing Bonhoeffer’s call and, in the face of the climate crisis, are urging governments to curb carbon emissions,” Our Savior’s Atonement Church of New York City wrote on their website about the march. “This September we have an unprecedented opportunity to do our part.”
Many present at the march, however, said they were there to make sure that our children and their children have a habitable place to call home.
“That’s right! Our children deserve a livable planet,”activist Kumi Naidoo tweeted while marching with hundreds of others seeking to make a change.
Photo Credit: Faith Flag (Tamar Auber), Displaced and Multi-faith marchers (Twitter)