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Hundreds Of Thousands Turn Out For People's Climate March In New York City

From the Amazon to the Arctic, Indigenous Peoples are defending our climate and teaching allies about how extractive industries are directly connected to sovereignty, colonization, and violence against Indigenous women.

More than 400,000 people turned out for the People's Climate March in New York City on Sunday, just days before many of the world's leaders are expected to debate environmental action at the United Nations climate summit.

The march began around 11:30 a.m., at New York City's Columbus Circle just off Central Park. At times, it stretched more than 4 miles as marchers carried banners, signs and entire contraptions depicting everything from Mother Earth herself to the dinosaurs that now make up fossil fuels.

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"Today I march because I want to behold a brighter future. We have destroyed ourselves. We have destroyed our health and I'm here because our political leaders have failed us," Stanley Sturgill, a retired coal miner from Kentucky now suffering from black lung, said at a press conference before the march. "We know together we can build our bright future."


Today’s fight for energy and climate justice has been redefined in both Canada and the United States by a new sophistication in resistance from Indigenous social movements, such as the international Indigenous Tar Sands Campaign, Idle No More, and dozens of local examples in which Indigenous communities have effectively expressed community self-determination. (Source)


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