At People’s Climate March, activists link capitalism to crisis

Protestors march down Sixth Avenue during the People's Climate March in New York City, September 21, 2014. (Photo: Matt Surrusco)

Protestors march down Sixth Avenue during the People’s Climate March in New York City, September 21, 2014. (Photo: Matt Surrusco)

Originally published September 22, 2014 at Truthout.

The largest climate march in history, which saw some 310,000 people channeled through New York City streets, according to organizers, brought hundreds of environmental organizations and advocacy groups under the umbrella of the People’s Climate March on September 21. In the run-up to the march, some critics argued that in order for the coalition to incorporate so many people it had to become apolitical. The march lacked a clear message and had the markings of a corporate PR campaign, some said.

But on Sunday, along the four-mile march route, cordoned off by New York City Police Department officers and barricades, individual activists and organizations made a point, with visuals and chants, to tie climate disruption to those seen as most responsible – major corporations, the financial industry and the governments that allow them to pollute with impunity.

Signs read “Capitalism is killing the planet” and featured messages that promoted divesting from fossil fuel companies, investing in wind, solar and other alternative energy sources, and remaking the global economy to promote justice and sustainability. Some marchers called out the corporate connection more directly: “ExxonMobil, BP, Shell, send those bastards back to hell!”

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