In anticipation of an upcoming climate summit of world leaders scheduled for New York City at the end of this summer, advocates of bold and transformative action to curb global emissions and avert the worst impacts of global warming are both speaking out and readying action.
This week, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UNSDSN), an initiative of the United Nations that includes environmental experts, former heads of state, climate scientists and others, published an open letter to the government representatives heading to the New York summit calling on them to take urgent action on climate change in order to limit the dangers posed by warming.
The letter states, in part:
Signatories to the letter are asking others to sign on to their message and promise to deliver it to the UN on September 23 when the summit convenes.
Meanwhile, a broad coalition of grassroots and social justice advocacy organizations is organizing what they’ve dubbed the “” for the weekend preceding the UN summit.
“In our time, humanity again must choose, this time to save our planet from shortsightedness, greed, and apathy to avoid catastrophic climate change.” —letter to world leaders
Pitched boldly as a “a weekend to bend the course of history” the march promises to be an “unprecedented climate mobilization – in size, beauty, and impact.” Though spearheaded by campaigners at 350.org, the event is being organized and directed collectively by local New York-area community groups, international NGO’s, grassroots networks, churches and faith organizations, and many others.
The unifying demand of the event, say organizers, “is a world we know is within our reach: a world with an economy that works for people and the planet. In short, a world safe from the ravages of climate change.”
Writing in support of the march recently at the Earth Island Journal, Eddie Bautista acknowledged that though mass rallies don’t always work, this one has the potential to shake the foundations of world leadership at a crucial moment:
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The organizers themselves recognize the limitations of mass action, but make the case of how this weekend fits into the larger struggle for fighting climate change on a planetary scale:
The group released this video on Wednesday urging people from around the world to make preparations for what they argue is a historic moment to pressure the world’s politicians and policy makers to finally accept the need for decisive action:
And as the letter from the UNSDSN concludes: