TORONTO —Toronto350.org has chartered three buses to transport Torontonians to New York City and back for the People’s Climate March on Sunday, September 21st, 2014.
The march will occur just before the UN Climate Summit on Tuesday, September 23rd. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called world leaders together to address the problem of climate change, and to create effective and binding commitments to reduce fossil fuel emissions and strengthen political actions toward climate justice.
“The People’s Climate March will be a world-changing event,” said Stuart Basden, president of Toronto350.org. “Every progressive movement has needed a mass mobilization of people on the streets before they achieved their goals. The time for the climate movement has come. And that is why Toronto350.org volunteers have been working so hard to organize buses and show that Torontonians want world leaders to take courageous action on climate.”
Monica Resendes, Toronto350.org’s vice president, stated, “The fact that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon is calling an emergency meeting for the climate is just one more indicator that the threat of climate change is deadly serious. The time for action is now, and the People’s Climate March gives the average person a chance to make a difference.” She went on to say, “The People’s Climate March intends to change everything, but to do so, we need everyone. No longer can we allow fossil fuel companies to continue to wreck our climate.”
The People’s Climate March is expected to attract over 200,000 people to downtown New York City. It promises to be the largest climate march in history—the next largest being an estimated 100,000 people in Copenhagen in 2009.
The People’s Climate March is bridging movements, with hundreds of environmental, anti-poverty, health, labour, and social justice organizations mobilizing for action on climate change.
There will be a range of workshops and other activities in New York City the day before the march. The march itself will be nonviolent and family-friendly, with props, marching bands, and street performances.
Toronto350.org is a growing group of dedicated volunteers working to reduce climate destabilization. They are a local chapter of 350.org—an international environmental group, founded by writer Bill McKibben, which is building a global movement to solve the climate crisis.
Toronto350.org is selling return bus tickets to New York City. The cost includes a T-shirt and travel insurance, and there is an option to add accommodation and some meals. The buses leave Toronto on the evening of Friday, September 19th and return on the evening of Sunday, September 21st. Tickets start at $95, with discounts available for students. Two-thirds of the seats have already been filled. Book your ticket today to avoid disappointment. Tickets are available at https://www.picatic.com/to350pcm. Follow Toronto350.org at facebook.com/toronto350.org for updates.