Raising Climate Change Awareness

Raising Climate Change Awareness

Claire Payne, Reporter

On Sunday, September 21st, an estimated 300,000 people gathered in Manhattan to fight climate change.

The U.N. Secretary, General Ban Ki-moon, will meet with heads of state and business leaders to convince them to adopt policies cutting down carbon emissions. According to a study published Sunday in the journal ‘Nature Geoscience,’ carbon emissions have increased 2.3% over the last year. Another report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration claims that May, June, and August of this year were the warmest months ever recorded.

The main goal for the protestors is to raise awareness and call for financial incentives to help fight global warming.

This march was one of a series. 40,000 marches took part in an event in London, while a small gathering in Cairo featured a 50-foot art piece representing wind and solar energy — two days before the United Nations Climate Summit, a meeting on climate change that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had announced.

“We want action now. We want the world to take notice. This is not something we’re going to take lying down,” said Hillsborough, New Jersey resident Alexander Toke.

A few celebrities even showed up to rally. Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Buffalo, Sting, and Evangeline Lilly wound through Midtown and joined by the United Nations Secretary General Ban Kid Moon, former Vice President Al Gore and Mayor Bill de Blasé.

However, the NYPD did not take this rally well. More than 100 demonstrators were arrested in lower Manhattan on Monday after blocking traffic along Broadway for hours as a part of a climate-change rally.

On Tuesday, September 23rd, the UN hosted a climate summit at its headquarters in New York with 125 heads of state and government – the first such gathering since the unsuccessful climate conference in Copenhagen in 2009.

However, most climate change demonstrations to date have had little to show for themselves, at least in terms of actually making a significant change. With a few honorable exceptions, the world’s governments and corporations remain dedicated to the status quo.