No 'Plan B' for Climate Action, SG Says
21 September 2014 - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Sunday told what is thought to be the largest ever march in the United States demanding measures to halt the advance of global climate change, that there is no "Plan B" for action as there is no "Planet B."
Speaking to journalists after walking with an estimated 300,000 demonstrators on the People's Climate March through New York City on Sunday he said the world needs to "galvanize our action" and harness the people's "power to change."
As the clock ticks down to the Secretary-General's much-anticipated Climate Summit at UN Headquarters, politicians, celebrities, activists and the general public marched though the city to highlight global concerns about a lack of international action to stop the deleterious effects of climate change.
The People's Climate March is part of a worldwide campaign to persuade global leaders to act decisively on the issue.
Marchers created a noisy carnival atmosphere as they filed through Manhattan's West Sida. Many were dressed in costumes associated with indigenous groups others wore protest T-shirts. One banner in the shape of a road sign warned "Climate Crisis Ahead". Many chanted slogans, others played music.
Twelve-year old Marija Borozan from New York City was on her first ever protest march. "The world matters" she said, "I want to save the environment," she told a reporter from UN Radio.
Similar climate events were reported in 2,000 locations around the world.
Ricken Patel, the Executive Director of the march organizers Avaaz, said it was crucial for people to get out onto the streets.