People's Climate March
September 21, 2014
New York City, New York
PSR Endorses "People’s Climate March"
PSR is excited to be participating in the largest-ever march for action on climate change. The People's Climate March will take place in New York City on Sunday, September 21, just prior to a United Nations Climate Summit.
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PSR is helping to organize a health contingent in the march. This will elevate the voices of health professionals and bring attention to the imminent threats to human health posed by climate change.
As part of our work to educate activists and citizens, we also plan to present a climate and health workshop in New York on September 20, one day ahead of the march.
We continue to call for strong action on climate change. The EPA’s rule to limit power plant carbon emissions is a great first step. PSR is urging even greater action to transition away from dirty fossil fuels, as it is imperative for human health that we switch to cleaner energy sources.
Climate change poses an imminent threat to human health, from air pollution and insect-borne diseases, to worsening drought and more wildfires, larger floods and decreased crop yields worldwide. The problems will only get worse unless ambitious action is taken to mitigate climate change.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon made a special call for the Summit, saying, "A low-carbon path beckons – a path that can create jobs and improve public health while safeguarding the environment." The People's Climate March is our opportunity to begin the walk down that path, with a movement so large and diverse (and well-timed) that it will attract global media attention.
Please plan to join PSR in New York to bring attention to the disastrous effects of climate change. If you can't, or don’t want to increase your own carbon footprint, check this page periodically for information about solidarity events being held around the country.
PSR Events in New York September 20-21:
Saturday, September 20th: 2:15 - 3:45 pm
"Health Impacts of Climate Change and How to Take Action"
St. John's College Manhattan Campus
51 Astor Place, New York, NY
Room Astor 109
As part of our work to educate activists and citizens, PSR is hosting a workshop on the "Health Impacts of Climate Change and Taking Action for Clean Energy." This event will be held the day before the march at the NYC ClimateConvergence located at St. John's College Manhattan Campus on Saturday, September 20 at 2:15pm. Please Join Us! Sign up here »
Sunday, September 21st 9:30 am
People's Climate March Health Contingent Press Conference
1000 10th Ave, New York, NY 10019
59th Street and 10th (please arrive by 9:00 am)
To kick off the Health Continent of the March and help amplify the voices of Health Professionals who are speaking out and marching for a healthy planet, PSR will be holding a press conference with New York City Councilman Corey Johnson (Chair of the Health Committee) along with physician experts on Climate and Health this Sunday at 9:30am Roosevelt Hospital (59th and 10th Avenue). We are asking supporters to arrive at 9AM and please wear a white coat if possible symbolizing health professionals. Directly afterward, we will be lining up at the assembly point for the People’s Climate March at 66th Street and Central Park West. Please arrive at this location no later than 11AM.
***To receive instant updates and help us stay together we have created a celly text listserv. Please text @HealthHubPCM to 23559 to join. Any last minute updates will be sent to this list.
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"Few threats to human health are as significant in scope as the crisis caused by climate change. As members of the medical and public health communities, we have an obligation to speak out on the health threats we are facing from deadly heat waves, air pollution, increased diseases and a myriad of other climate related health impacts. If we are to continue living on a healthy planet, we must move quickly to clean, renewable energy sources that are not derived from fossil fuels. This is why we are marching."
-Physicians for Social Responsibility