People's Climate March draws massive crowd

  • People take part in a march against climate change in New York, N.Y., Sept. 21, 2014.
  • A man throws an earth balloon into the air as people fill 58th Street between 8th and 9th Avenue before a global warming march in New York Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. Thousands of people from across the nation are expected in New York City to participate in what’s billed as the largest march ever on global warming.
  • Demonstrators make their way down Sixth Avenue in New York, N.Y. during the People’s Climate March, Sept. 21, 2014.
  • More than 100,000 people march through midtown Manhattan on Sept. 21, 2014 as part of the People’s Climate March in New York, N.Y.
  • Thais Brown, 2, of New York, rides on his mother’s back as demonstrators gather before the People’s Climate March, Sept. 21, 2014 in New York, N.Y.
  • People practice yoga before marching in the People’s Climate March on Sept. 21, 2014 in New York, N.Y.
  • People protest for greater action against climate change during the People’s Climate March on Sept. 21, 2014 in New York, N.Y.
  • People protest for greater action against climate change during the People’s Climate March on Sept. 21, 2014 in New York, N.Y.
  • Demonstrators prepare a sign before the People’s Climate March, Sept. 21, 2014 in New York, N.Y.
  • People organize to march in the People’s Climate March on Sept. 21, 2014 in New York, N.Y. The march, which calls for drastic political and economic changes to slow global warming, has been organized by a coalition of unions, activists, politicians and scientists.
  • Demonstrators make their way down Sixth Avenue during the People’s Climate March in New York, N.Y., Sept. 21, 2014.

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On Sunday morning, protesters from all over the United States and the world are converging on Manhattan to demand that global leaders take action to avert catastrophic climate change. Earlier this week Bill McKibben, founder of the environmental group 350.org, projected that the march would consist of “hundreds of thousands” of participants.

The march takes place just days before the United Nations’ 2014 Climate Summit at its headquarters in Midtown Manhattan. At a press conference one week prior to the summit, which will take place on Tuesday, UN Assistant Secretary-General Robert C. Orr said it would be “the largest gathering of global leaders in history on the subject of climate change.”

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