A broad range of participants joined the march, from dyed-in-the-wool environmental activists to elected officials, including Sens. Bernie Sanders, Chuck Schumer, Sheldon Whitehouse and Rep. Keith Ellison. Actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo joined the crowd, alongside nationwide community organizing groups, LGBT groups, members of indigenous communities, students, clergy members, scientists, private citizens, and a plethora of other concerned parties. All told, more than 1,400 partner organizations have signed onto the march.
“Not only will it be the largest climate march that’s ever happened, but it really represents a new kind of movement that’s much more diverse,” said 350.org executive director May Boeve. “Climate change has been something of a siloed issue for a long time, but I think that’s really changed, and that’s a good thing. More and more people are seeing how climate change affects them.”
The march takes place just days before the United Nations’ 2014 Climate Summit at its headquarters in Midtown Manhattan. At a press conference one week prior to the summit, which will take place on Tuesday, UN Assistant Secretary-General Robert C. Orr said it would be “the largest gathering of global leaders in history on the subject of climate change.”
“It is to introduce both leaders to climate change and climate change to leaders,” he said. “If you look at all the leaders in the world today, very few of them in office today have been through any international process on climate change.”