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UN chief, actor Leonardo DiCaprio join thousands at rally on climate change

Speaking to journalists after walking in the rally, Ban said the world needs to "galvanize our action" and harness the people's "power to change."

By: Press Trust of India | New York | Updated: September 22, 2014 11:22 am
Actor and activist Mark Ruffalo, center left, and actor Leonardo DiCaprio, center right, join participants during the People's Climate March in New York Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. Actor and activist Mark Ruffalo, center left, and actor Leonardo DiCaprio, center right, join participants during the People’s Climate March in New York Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. (Source: AP)

UN chief Ban Ki-moon and Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio joined thousands of people for a march through the city to shine the spotlight on the climate crisis with the UN Chief stressing that there is no ‘Plan B’ to halt advance of climate change as there is no ‘Planet B.’

About 400,000 people participated in one of the largest global calls for climate action at the People’s Climate March here yesterday that also saw participation by NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, former US Vice President Al Gore, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, US Senator Chuck Schumer and musician Sting.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, from left, primatologist Jane Goodall, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon participate in the People's Climate March in New York, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. (Source: AP) French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, from left, primatologist Jane Goodall, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon participate in the People’s Climate March in New York, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. (Source: AP)

Speaking to journalists after walking in the rally, Ban said the world needs to “galvanize our action” and harness the people’s “power to change.”

He said the international community should adopt measures to halt the advance of global climate change as there is no “Plan B” for action as there is no “Planet B.”

The rally, which came just two days before Climate Summit at the UN Headquarters, saw politicians, celebrities, activists and the general public march though the city to highlight global concerns about a lack of international action to stop the deleterious effects of climate change.

The summit is expected to draw more than 120 heads of State and Government to galvanize action on climate change.

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The People’s Climate March is part of a worldwide campaign to persuade global leaders to act decisively on the issue.

Similar climate events were reported in 2,000 locations around the world.

The march is campaigning, among other issues for curbs on harmful carbon emissions which contribute to global warming.

At last count, 2,129,060 people around the world had also signed a petition calling for world leaders to take bold action at the UN Climate Summit on September 23. The petition was handed over to the UN chief on the march route.

Chanting slogans and playing music, marchers created a noisy carnival atmosphere as they filed through Manhattan.

Marchers lift a banner during the People's Climate March in New York Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. (Source: AP) Marchers lift a banner during the People’s Climate March in New York Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. (Source: AP)

Many were dressed in costumes associated with indigenous groups while others wore protest T-shirts. People held banners in the shape of a road sign warned “Climate Crisis Ahead”.

March organizers Avaaz’s Executive Director Ricken Patel said it was crucial for people to get out onto the streets as there is a “huge gap between the action our survival requires and the action our governments are willing to take,” on climate change.

Young people carry banners and signs as they demonstrate in a climate change march Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, in New York. (Source: AP) Young people carry banners and signs as they demonstrate in a climate change march Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, in New York. (Source: AP)

“The street is where we close that gap,” he said.

“We are rushing headlong into catastrophic tipping points in our climate system,” Patel said. “We need action fast to transition to a 100 per cent clean energy economy.”

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    fatboythin
    Sep 22, 2014 at 6:35 am
    We must stop polluting our planet, that's a no- brainer however we can't do anything about the ongoing changes to the climate except prepare , because our climate is controlled totally by that big old ball of plasma in the sky.
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