Because climate change is real and is already happening. Scientific studies confirm that global temperatures have risen more than 1 degree F over the past 100 years. Because last year was the largest annual leap in greenhouse gas concentrations that we’ve seen since the 1980s, and continued the annual trend of setting a new record each year for the highest greenhouse gas concentration in the atmosphere than ever before in human history. Because humans are primarily responsible for the amount of heat-trapping gases — mostly carbon dioxide and methane — in our atmosphere and a solution will require human action. Because despite various executive actions, the United States has yet to establish a national policy for reducing greenhouse gases and we’re fast approaching a global tipping point of atmospheric concentrations of these deadly pollutants. Because the world will be watching: the UN Climate Summit that follows the march will be covered by every major news outlet in the world.
What about those who can’t make it to New York City?
A bus ride or plane fight to New York isn’t possible for everyone – but there will be solidarity events happening all around the world with more than 1500 events in 130 countries already scheduled – click here join one in your community. There’s also a way to act on climate change from your computer by submitting a comment to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in support of their plan to reduce carbon pollution from power plants. The Clean Power Plan is not a comprehensive, global climate treaty, but its a first, critical step to reduce the pollution that fuels extreme weather events, worsens air quality and raises temperatures. Send a letter today and join NYC’s Climate March or a local climate event this weekend!