As the United Nations prepares to host leaders from around the globe for a massive Climate Summit, protestors have been taking to the streets to vocalize their displeasure with the government's slow response to the impending crisis. On Sunday, September 21, over 300,000 people poured into the streets of New York City in what was known as the People's Climate March to put pressure on leaders to make real, substantial change.
The protests did not conclude on Sunday, however. On Monday, September 22, more protestors took to one specific area of the city – Wall Street – to focus in their efforts. The continuation of Sunday, known as Flood Wall Street, drew a much smaller crowd of 1,000 people passionate about climate change. The march began in Battery Park and stretched through Broadway up to the symbol of Wall Street itself – the famous charging bull statue – to chant and raise banners.
Those who helped organize the event said that the goal was very clear – to disrupt business in the heart of the financial district and put very public pressure on companies who see massive profits from the oil industry. Targeting the United States government will not be enough, as it is often corporate America that holds sway over laws and policies in the country.
"Being serious about tackling the climate crisis means we have to be willing to confront corporate capitalism and the system that is driving that crisis," said 32-year-old environmentalist and march participant Tim DeChristopher.
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