CIW joins over 300,000 in People’s Climate March in advance of Clinton Global Citizen Award ceremony…
As we wait for tonight’s Clinton Global Citizen Award ceremony to get underway, here is a quick dispatch from the streets of New York!
This afternoon, over a dozen CIW members joined people from all over the globe — New York families, Superstorm Sandy survivors, indigenous groups, Chinese farmworkers, and everyone in between — in what is being called “the largest mobilization against climate change in the history of the planet” Organizers estimate that a record-breaking 310,000 individuals came out to join the People’s Climate March, filling the city’s streets from the heights of Central Park down to lower Manhattan.
The experience spurred this powerful reflection from CIW’s Lupe Gonzalo:
As farmworkers, we are deeply affected by climate change and environmental degradation. First, it affects our work — extreme temperatures and other impacts of climate change have a direct impact on farmworkers. Second, and most importantly, we are all connected. We all must fight for a better future, and in order for us to leave a better world for our children, we must have clean air, clean water, and sustainable energy. It is time the major corporations contributing to climate change to take responsibility for their actions and to start protecting the environment. The planet is the most important gift that we have.
Stay tuned for the rest of our report from the Big Apple this week. And don’t forget! Tonight at 6:00 PM EST, follow us on Twitter (@CIW) for live coverage of the Clinton Global Citizen Award ceremony!