By Casey Moore
On Sept. 21, 2014, over 400,000 people flocked to the streets of New York City for the People’s Climate March. This event was sparked by The United Nations Climate Summit, which took place on Sept 23.
Many of the world’s leaders discussed the importance of environmental action. Among its attendees were U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Jane Goodall (the former vice-president), Al Gore, and actor Leonardo DiCaprio.
The march started at 11:30 a.m. in Columbus Circle and was composed of many diverse groups and organizations from all over the world. It was a family friendly event and many brought their young children to emphasize the need for a brighter, carbon-free future. Some of the main concerns touched upon at the march were fracking, tar sands oil, the Keystone XL pipeline and carbon gas emissions.
A group of twelve students, who are members of the Environmental Action Club at Kutztown, attended the march. They toted handmade signs that read “No Co2 moment,” “It’s Time To Cut Carbon,” and “There Is No Planet B,” among others. At the end of the walk, freshman Jeremy Griffin remarked, “Today, we made history.”