People's Climate March

March In

September 21, NYC

This is an invitation to change everything.

In September, world leaders are coming to New York City for a UN summit on the climate crisis. UN Secretary­ General Ban Ki-­moon is urging governments to support an ambitious global agreement to dramatically reduce global warming pollution..

With our future on the line and the whole world watching, we’ll take a stand to bend the course of history. We’ll take to the streets to demand the world we know is within our reach: a world with an economy that works for people and the planet; a world safe from the ravages of climate change; a world with good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities.

To change everything, we need everyone on board.
Sunday, September 21 in New York City. Join us.

Sign up now  – or read Our Power Campaign’s powerful call to action, Bill McKibben’s invitation in Rolling Stone, or Eddie Bautista’s piece in Earth Island Journal.


Below you'll find a calendar of events for the weekend of the mobilization. If you're looking for events leading up to the march, you can navigate the calendar using the categories and tags below.
Or click here for lead up events in NYC in particular.

If you are adding your own event, please allow 24 hrs for the event to show up on the site.

The Organizing Tour @ Various cities on the East Coast
Jul 22 @ 6:00 pm – Aug 4 @ 7:00 pm
The Organizing Tour @ Various cities on the East Coast

In just 70 days, presidents and prime ministers from around the world will gather in New York City for a landmark U.N. summit on climate change. Communities across the country are mobilizing to make sure their voices are heard by converging in the streets of New York City on Sept. 21st at the largest climate march ever.

Plans for the People’s Climate March are already in full swing: last week, over 500 people came together from labor, faith, student, environmental justice, and community groups to talk about how to make the march historic. The room was alive with a sense of urgency: people from all walks of life in New York City are rolling up their sleeves to show just how big and diverse our movement has become.

But to make this the biggest climate march in history, the momentum can’t be confined to New York — which is why we’re organizing a tour up and down the East Coast to spread that energy. The purpose of these meetings is to meet local activists near you and create an organizing process that engages the east coast in the People’s Climate March and creates meaningful new coalitions and connections.

Find a tour stop near you here.

The Make & Northeast Regional Climate Justice Gathering @ Wheelock Mountain Farm
Aug 8 – Aug 11 all-day
The Make & Northeast Regional Climate Justice Gathering @ Wheelock Mountain Farm | Vermont | United States

Our coalition invites you to the Northeast Regional Climate Justice Gathering – building power for a just transition away from unsustainable energy and toward community-based economies. Together we will enjoy a few days of August in Vermont while learning, training, and making friends. Come strengthen the power of the movement!

Here are the details:
What: Northeast Regional Climate Justice Gathering & The Make
When: August 8-10th
Where: Wheelock Mountain Farm Popular Education Center

We need to show up in NYC together this September for the People’s Climate March in big and beautiful ways. At this gathering, we will collectively develop and coordinate art and actions for this epic event. We also want to discuss our own local and regional struggles, and build lasting relationships for mutual support and local climate justice work. Co-hosted by the Rising Tide Vermont, the Vermont Workers’ Center and 350 Vermont, you won’t want to miss this! Please register so we know you will join us.

RSVP for the gathering here.

People’s Climate Train from SF to NYC @ Amtrak California Zephyr and Lake Shore Limited
Sep 15 @ 9:00 am – Sep 18 @ 6:30 pm
People's Climate Train from SF to NYC @ Amtrak California Zephyr and Lake Shore Limited

The People’s Climate Train is a once in a lifetime experience for participants to spend days together networking, sharing knowledge and skills, organizing and building towards a landmark moment in the climate movement.

This cross-country train will travel from the SF Bay Area to New York City, picking up activists and concerned citizens all along the way, using these precious days together for teach-ins and trainings, mixers and movement building. We will arrive at the People’s Climate March more connected, informed, organized, and ready for action. Sign up before July 11th to be sure to get a seat at the best price.

NYC Climate Convergence @ TBA
Sep 19 – Sep 20 all-day
NYC Climate Convergence @ TBA | New York | New York | United States

Movement building teach-ins, speak-outs, skill-shares, and workshops occurring in the run-up to the People’s Climate March, focused on strengthening the fight for a world where people and planet come first.

Climate Ride NYC-DC @ New York City to Washington DC
Sep 20 – Sep 24 all-day
Climate Ride NYC-DC @ New York City to Washington DC

Double your impact, March and then Ride to the Capitol in Washington DC. Join Climate Ride NYC-DC, the nation’s only ride dedicated to sustainability and bike advocacy. You choose from our growing network of 100+ beneficiaries to raise money for and our expert fundraising staff will help you reach your fundraising goals. We will take care of the logistics of participating in the march and completing the fully supported bike ride from NYC to Washington DC. This is an opportunity to participate in a unprecedented march for the climate and bring the message to policy makers and members of congress in Washington DC.

A Global Climate Treaty: Why the US Must Lead @ NY Center for Ethical Culture, first floor auditorium
Sep 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
A Global Climate Treaty: Why the US Must Lead @ NY Center for Ethical Culture,  first floor auditorium | New York | New York | United States

In September, world leaders will meet in NYC for a UN summit on climate change. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is calling on world governments to commit to an ambitious, legally binding agreement in 2015 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Our program will focus on why we need an international treaty and why it is critical for us to mobilize support to demand that the U.S. assume a leading role in the treaty negotiations.

Confirmed speakers to date, more to be announced:
- Mary Robinson, President of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice ( She served as the first woman President of Ireland from 1990 to 1997 and as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997 to 2002.
- Sean Sweeney, Trade Unions for Energy Democracy
- Donald Brown, Scholar in Residence and Professor, Sustainability, Ethics, and Law, Widener University of Law.

Admission Free: suggested donation at the door $5 – $10

People’s Climate March @ New York City
Sep 21 all-day
People's Climate March @ New York City | New York | New York | United States

With our future on the line and the whole world watching, we’re taking a stand to bend the course of history.

On Sunday, September 21st we’ll take to the streets to demand the world we know is within our reach: a world with an economy that works for people and the planet; a world safe from the ravages of climate change; a world with good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities.

To change everything, we need everyone on board.

Sunday, September 21 in New York City. Join us.

The Great March for Climate Action
Sep 22 – Nov 1 all-day
The Great March for Climate Action

The Great March for Climate Action is a cross-country march from LA to DC to inspire action on the climate crisis. We set out from LA on March 1st and plan to arrive in Washington, DC on November 1st. In order to attend the People’s Climate March, we will pause for four days in Ohio and bus to New York City. Meet us there and witness the convergence of two historic climate marches–the longest and the largest. When we bus back to Ohio on the night of the 21st, we hope to bring hundreds of new marchers with us for the last month and a half of our journey. Help us keep climate action in the national spotlight leading up to the November 5th mid-term elections. Join us for a day, a week, a month, or all the way to DC! The time for serious action is now. Visit for more information.


There are several different bodies that are convening to collaborate on the People’s Climate March, including local New York-area community groups, international NGO’s, grassroots networks, churches and faith organizations, and many more. You can see a list of participating organizations here.

Because this is a “movement of movements” moment, the People’s Climate March is being organized in a participatory, open-source model. This means that there isn’t a central “decision-making” body or single coalition. Rather, groups and individuals are collaborating with some basic shared agreements around respect, collaboration, trust, and many are using the Jemez Principles of Environmental Justice.

This September is going to be a success because of the work we all do together – not because of any one person or organization. Take the initiative to organize your community, your school, your workplace, and your neighbors. Find out how you can help here, or find out how your organization can support the People’s Climate March here.


As of July 20, there are over 550 local, national, and international organizations participating.
Learn about adding your organization to this list.



Without a doubt, the People’s Climate March will be the largest single event on climate that has been organized to date.

The mobilization will consist of numerous events, actions, symposia, presentations, and more organized over the course of the days leading up to the Summit, and in the days following.

The anchor event of the week will be a massive march – one so large and diverse that it cannot be ignored. Discussions are underway with the City regarding permits, routes, and locations, but it will be 2-3 miles, in Manhattan, on Sunday 9/21, starting in the early afternoon.

The best way to stay updated on the details is to sign up here.

Absolutely! For the march itself, there will be participatory lead-up events, such as speakers tours, trainings, art-builds and much more. Many groups are already discussing other complementary ideas, ranging from a People’s Forum on Climate Change, to lectures, teach-ins, and related demonstrations.

There will be a schedule of events on this site as we get closer to September because these related and complementary events are important to creating an atmosphere for social movements to amplify their voices, build new relationships, and strengthen the movement.

This will be a family-friendly event. The tone and tenor will be dignified, fun, impactful and empowering, and we are committed to making sure that it is permitted, peaceful and safe for all who come.

The march will be at a leisurely pace, and easy to jump in or out of - so even with mobility issues, you should be able to join. In fact, organizing a kids contingent would be a great idea - let us know if you might want to lead something like this. Pets are welcome, but keep in mind that marches can be loud, boisterous, and crowded. Make sure pets are OK with this sort of dynamic and energy.

Of course! You are welcome to bring your own signs, banners, bicycles, and anything else that clearly communicates your message! There will also be a big art building party in the weeks before, where you can join others in making these things, and collaborating on larger-scale pieces.

We are absolutely helping coordinate transportation - check out our transportation page for more info.

We are encouraging people to organize and use all sorts of mass-transport options - such as jointly chartering buses, renting Amtrak train cars, self-organizing carpools or caravans, taking mass transit or riding bicycles.

There will be some funds to help offset the cost of things like buses, but we aren’t able to cover individuals' travel costs.

We’re working on setting up a housing board - where people can both offer housing and spare rooms, but also ask for help in securing housing. We’ll have this up and running soon, but if you have sizable amount of space (such as a religious center, community center etc) that might be available for free or low-cost, please get in touch with us! While we have great events all weekend, we do also encourage people to come just for the day of the march.

Please! Absolutely!

The first step is to fill out this survey.

It will only take a few minutes, and will help the Mobilization Support Team and conveners understand better who you are, who you represent, and how you want to be involved. The biggest need by far is outreach — if the mobilization is to be historically huge, everybody’s going to need to pitch in, from phonebanking your members to sending mobilizing emails, from chartering buses to doing face-to-face outreach.

We also want to know what your organization is uniquely good at: Do you have access to celebrities? Can you help fundraise to cover the costs of logistics? Do you have networks of activists you can mobilize?

Is this like the annual COP (Conference of the Parties)? Is it related to the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change)?

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has called for the summit on September 23rd, where world leaders will gather to discuss, and hopefully commit to bold actions to address the climate crisis. Ban Ki Moon has smartly called for this forum as something additional and distinct from traditional UN climate negotiations, knowing that the urgency and seriousness of the climate crisis is so real that the global community must move faster than the UNFCCC has been able to accomplish thus far.

The UNFCCC has largely been led by delegates and negotiators, and this summit differs in that Ban Ki Moon is calling for actual Heads of State to come to the table directly.

Not formally. But we believe that world leaders will only act (or be able to act) on climate change when everyday people express the desire, and create the political mandate for them to do so. Therefore, we aren’t opposed to this summit happening, and it is generally a good thing for heads of state to discuss climate change.

We don’t have blind faith that the summit will solve the crisis either. We think that organizing, mobilizing, and building social movements are ultimately what changes the course of history.

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