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World’s Biggest Climate Change March!

September 23rd, 2014

Photo courtesy: M. Cuff

A world and historic event took place this past Sunday, September 21 — the biggest march for climate change ever!

Over 300,000 people are estimated to have marched through the streets of New York City to let political leaders know how important taking care of our planet is — and to really urge them to take action on climate change.

There were many thousands more marching in nearly 3,000 other climate change marches around the world, in 166 countries, according to People’s Climate March .

One 12-year old girl, on her first ever march, told a UN Radio reporter, “The world matters. I want to save the environment.” Many kids took part in the march, alongside leaders such as Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, who said the time to act is now. He added, “There is no Plan B because there is no Planet B.”

The UN Secretary General and many other political, world, and business leaders are meeting in New York City today to discuss what to do about climate change at the United Nations Climate Summit .

The UN Climate Summit is also laying the groundwork for leaders to meet in Paris in December 2015 where they are expected to reach a global agreement on reducing climate change, with laws to enforce it.

Today’s UN Climate Summit is taking place against the backdrop of the United Nations General Assembly that’s recently gotten underway. The UN General Assembly is a gathering of world leaders (currently 193 member states) for a few weeks each year (usually around the end of September, always at UN Headquarters in New York) where they discuss and debate world issues — climate change being just one of many important and urgent topics.

For more about the official People’s Climate March in NYC, click here .

You can watch a primer on climate change narrated by Bill Nye the Science Guy below:

And while there is A LOT of work to be done, and we can all help, here is a “good news” video about some of the progress that’s being made as we confront climate change:

Related resources include: Why? Why Not a part of former U.S. Vice President and now climate change activist Al Gore’s  Climate Reality Project . The Bill Nye and Good News videos above are by Climate Reality Project.

You can read HTE Kids News previous story on climate change and carbon emissions here . And a previous story by HTE on the UN General Assembly here .

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1,561 Comments on “World’s Biggest Climate Change March!”

  • Nick says:

    The videos pay off-they really helped me with social studies.

    • Yesid says:

      I agree with the other poster,Kyoto means notihng without China, and I think you need to add India and Brazil to that.I still think that America and Australia will be stubborn about it, even though America has a president who seems to know what he’s doing for the first time in years.I don’t think it will be difficult as long as there are allowances made for developing nations, and by that I don’t mean China. China has experienced exponential growth in the past few years and need to recognise the effect on the planet.However,if we make economies like China slow down, who are arguably holding up the world economy, then there could be horrible economic circumstances, especially in the current economic climate. The economy and the planet need to meet half way until we’re out of this mess

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