Around 75,000 people gathered in New York City to march on Sunday to end the use of fossil fuels. The march came ahead of the United Nations meeting on Wednesday.
Tens of thousands of protestors took to the streets on Sunday to start a week in which leaders will once more attempt to stop climate change, which is mostly brought on by fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and natural gas. They shouted that doing so will save their future and their lives.
However, protesters claim that it won't be sufficient. They also directed their ire at US President Joe Biden, pleading with him to halt authorizing new oil and gas projects, phase out existing ones, and declare a climate emergency with more executive authority.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, along with celebrities Edward Norton, Ethan Hawke, Susan Sarandon, Kyra Sedgewick, and Kevin Bacon, participated in the march to end fossil fuels. On Broadway, though, the main activity occurred where demonstrators thronged the street, appealing for a better but less humid future. It served as the first salvo for New York’s climate week, which brings together international leaders in the industry, politics, and the arts to try to rescue the planet and is highlighted by the brand-new special United Nations meeting on Wednesday.
However, many of the leaders of the nations that produce the greatest carbon pollution that traps heat won't be present at the UN meeting or listen to the demonstrators' request. Additionally, they will not participate in the meeting that UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is organizing by speaking only at countries that vow to take new, tangible steps.
The march on Sunday, according to the organizers, drew 75,000 participants.