People’s Climate Summit in NYC

I made the trip to NYC this past weekend, because I wanted to be part of the biggest climate march ever, and I wanted to be part of telling our world leaders that action on climate change has to happen now. It was so empowering to be there – I was with 400,000 other people who cared passionately about the same things as me. It really felt like we could achieve something.

I went with the Toronto 350 chapter, they organized 5 coach buses! Given all the other Canadian groups in attendance, like the green party, there were hundreds of Canadians there, maybe even a thousand. I heard lots of positive comments about our attendance, and it was nice to show that hey we’re not all in support of selling our natural resources quickly and cheaply.

I loved how the march organizers brought so many groups into this march – because yes we do need everyone to tackle this. There were people most affected by climate change, youth, environmental groups, community groups, social justice groups, average families, etc.

And what did this all lead to? This is to tell the world leaders gathered in NYC this week for a climate summit that they need to do something now! I encourage you all to follow the climate summit news as it unfolds (I like the Guardian’s coverage), and write to your MP and Stephen Harper expressing your rage at their lack of action on this issue.

I’ll end this with photos from my perspective at the march!

Sacred Gathering of Indigenous leaders from around the world in Central Park before the March

Sacred Gathering of Indigenous leaders from around the world in Central Park before the March

the youth portion of the march

the youth portion of the march

In the Canadian section, where I was with the Toronto 350 group

In the Canadian section, where I was with the Toronto 350 group

My cousin and I holding up climate march signs and waiting for the march to start

My cousin and I holding up climate march signs and waiting for the march to start

so excited and so crowded!

so excited and so crowded!

Stop the Tar Sands! Canadians are all back here.

Stop the Tar Sands! Canadians are all back here.

Tar sands demonstration by the Minnesota 350 group, where a marching band, dancer and butterflies defeated the evil tar sands

Tar sands demonstration by the Minnesota 350 group, where a marching band, dancer and butterflies defeated the evil tar sands

and I met Elizabeth May, a personal hero!

and I met Elizabeth May, a personal hero!

About Sylvie Spraakman

Environmental engineer, environmental activist, and community volunteer. Loves KW!
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