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Climate march numbers sky high

All photos by Ashley Renders.

The numbers are in and the People’s Climate March in New York City yesterday was the biggest climate-related march in history. With almost 400,00,000 people in the streets, the march took more than two hours to start moving, making it more of a climate blockade than a climate march. Even though people were visibly exhausted, the mood was high as everyone acknowledged that too many people is exactly what this movement needs.

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While we waited for the blockade to dissolve, I spoke to fellow marchers and asked them what would need to change in order to solve climate change.

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Cayman Kai, an activist with Code Pink Women for Peace, says climate change can be solved by using more sustainable forms of agriculture.

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Ken Heard (right) from Philadelphia Pennsylvania says capitalism is to blame for climate change.

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The climate crisis can’t be solved unless we stop  burning fossil fuels and emitting carbon, said Bob and Nancy Brown from Arkansas.

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“Stop digging out all the oil,” says Henry Yoshega (top) from Western Massachusetts.

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Human-created CO2 and deforestation are to blame for climate change, says the Mathur family from Subury, Ontario.

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The American military is responsible for most of the country’s CO2 emissions, says Diana Defrenza from California.

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At 12:58 pm, still waiting for the march to begin, a moment of silence was observed to recognize the people have who died or been displaced by climate change.

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The silence was broken by an explosion of sound that worked its way down the street like a wave. The energy was undeniably electric.

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Eventually, the march began to wind its way down Central Park West, toward Columbus Circle and into Times Square.

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Some people chose to sit in meditation to focus on healing the planet.

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While others perched themselves on anything that would afford them a good view so they could cheer and encourage marchers.

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