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"This is what democracy looks like": 400,000 people hit the street for Peoples Climate March in New York

Photo of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Jane Goodall via UN twitter

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon,  British primatologist Jane Goodall, actor Leonardo DiCaprio and author Naomi Klein were among 400,000 people who marched through New York City for the Peoples' Climate March. It was said to be the largest climate rally in history, with 2,808 coordinated events in 166 countries. 

The rally was timed just two days before a major UN Climate Summit, which most major world leaders, aside from Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, will be attending.

In addition to well-known Canadian environmental activists like Tzeporah Berman, teachers unions, nurses unions and peace activist group Code Pink were present as well. 

Tzeporah Berman, right, Greenpeace's Joanna Kerr, left

From around the world, people attended demonstrations demanding urgent action to tackle climate change. One of the most striking photos were from the Republic of Kiribati, a Pacific island where residents are threatened by the rising tide. 

Children in Kiribati march for action on climate change. Photo by Peoples Climate March. 

Ecuador-based Indigenous activist, Patricia Gualinga, centre. Photo by Linda Solomon Wood

Vancouver Observer publisher Linda Solomon Wood spoke with people at the rally in New York, who were present for the historic moment. 


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