Urging Action on Climate Change, Kentuckians Join 400,000 in New York City Rally
Kentuckians joined politicians, celebrities, labor unions, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and about 400,000 other people in New York City this weekend to demand action on climate change. The People's Climate Marchwas meant to draw attention to the communities that have already been affected by the world’s changing climate, and to spur world leaders into action to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
Smaller marches were also held around the world yesterday, including one in Louisville that organizers said drew 150 people.
Climate scientists say that global temperatures are on track to rise by as much as 10 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of the century, if carbon dioxide emissions keep increasing. In order to keep the warming to a more manageable 3 to 5 degrees, swift action to reduce global carbon dioxide emissions is necessary.
One of the featured speakers at the New York march was Stanley Sturgill, a retired coal miner from Harlan County. He spoke about the way coal mining and climate change have affected his community.
The march was timed to coincide with the United Nations climate summit, which begins in New York tomorrow. World leaders—including President Barack Obama—will meet to discuss an international carbon emissions agreement.