By all reports, nearly 100,000 people were expected to show up this morning for the People’s Climate March in New York. Instead, Central Park West was flooded with over 300,000, all calling for political action on climate change.
Activists, organizations, actors, environmentalists and everyday, ordinary people were in attendance, holding signs, chanting and tweeting throughout the event. Sister marches were also held in London and Melbourne, drawing crowds of 40,000 and 10,000 respectively.
The march was held in advance of Tuesday’s international climate summit hosted by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. On September 23, national and corporate leaders will congregate in New York City to discuss initiatives aimed at reducing global greenhouse gas emissions. The world is looking to this meeting as a pivotal touchstone on the road to the 2015 Paris Climate Summit, which may conclude with a solid, international climate treaty.
Here are the top twitter highlights from the day’s march.
First up, Here’s Bill McKibben, founder of the anti-carbon campaign group 350.org:
Remind any politician you see: this was the largest political gathering about anything in the US in a very very long time. About anything!
— Bill McKibben (@billmckibben) September 21, 2014
Frack Action snapped a shot of actor and environmentalist Mark Ruffalo holding an anti-fracking sign. (New York is currently considering a statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing.)
Global Green USA was also pleased to tweet where the Ruffalo roam:
Mia Farrow shared a great overhead shot of the biggest climate event in history, taken by @micnews:
— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) September 21, 2014
Joseph Gordon-Levitt tweeted his support:
I’m reading estimates of 300,000+ people at #PeoplesClimate march today, that’s way bigger than I thought it’d be..!!
— Joseph Gordon-Levitt (@hitRECordJoe) September 21, 2014
Treehugger: “The Debate Is Over.”
Here’s one from Planet Experts’ field reporters:
— Planet Experts (@PlanetExperts) September 21, 2014
And Climate Reality reminded us all of who stands to benefit the most from international climate action:
— Climate Reality (@ClimateReality) September 21, 2014
Image Courtesy of Mythili Sampathkumar © 2014