Having directly taken part in the march, words cannot describe how it felt to take our future by the horns. The scene was filled with sentiments of peace, happiness, and gratitude to be part of such an amazing group, but the gray clouds looming overhead reminded us of the campaign’s urgency and uncertainty.
2 million people responded to the situation’s uncertainty by signing a petition for climate action that was handed over to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Ki-Moon reminded the people that small actions by many, can positively influence the few. While many of “the few” lobby for industrial agricultural and coal subsidies, Ban Ki-Moon joined a small group of “the few” dedicated to using their prominence to make a positive impact on the world.
The UN Secretary General donned an activist t-shirt and said “While marching with the people, I felt that I had become a Secretary-General of the people. I am the Secretary-General of the United Nations; I am now working for the people. Let’s
work together to make this planet earth environmentally sustainable so that our succeeding generations – children after children – will live peacefully.” (tcktcktck.org).
Outside of New York, marches of over 25,000 were held in Melbourne, Australia; Paris, France; and London, UK. Meanwhile constellations of smaller events mobilized people across Asia, Australia, Africa, the Americas, and Europe. In all, on Sunday over half a million members of Earth took a stand for change. Light will be shed on the worldwide demonstration’s impact as international leaders including President Obama will convene in New York’s United Nations building today to discuss courses of action and solutions.
Regardless of the summit’s outcome, even the Koch brothers cannot deny how great of an impact Sunday’s events made on the worldwide perception of climate change. Reversing the food and energy industry’s toll on the planet will be
difficult, but on September 21st, 2014 the people of the world echoed the sentiment of the great Gandhi; “You must be the change you wish to see in the world”. The hundreds of thousands of people who marched for the Earth could end up being that change.