Sunday, September 17, 2023, New York
The “March to End Fossil Fuels” in New York City galvanized an estimated 75,000 passionate individuals from all over the world. With banners held high and voices raised, we dedicated activists came together to call on the Biden administration to make a decisive shift away from fossil fuels and oil pipeline projects. The urgency of our message resonates deeply with the growing concern for our planet’s future, evidenced by the 700+ organizations present including 1000 Grandmothers For Future Generations, Fridays For Future, Schools For Climate Action, and publications such as The Wellness Feed.
A Historic March for Climate Action
This is the largest climate demonstration since Biden took office and the largest since the start of the pandemic. Following 700 other #EndFossilFuels actions in 65 countries, it marks a significant milestone in the global fight against climate change and serves as a powerful reminder of the collective responsibility we hold to protect our environment.
This year’s “March to End Fossil Fuels” is not the first time New York City has witnessed a monumental display of environmental advocacy. In 2019, thousands of individuals, including renowned activist Greta Thunberg, crowded into Lower Manhattan to demand immediate action on climate change. The impact of that march was profound, capturing the attention of the world and igniting a sense of urgency. Now, in 2023, this latest demonstration takes place just days before the United Nations Climate Ambition Summit, further amplifying the call for global climate action.
A Global Movement for Change
The “March to End Fossil Fuels” in New York City is not an isolated event. It is part of a larger, global movement demanding urgent action on climate change. Climate protests have sprung up in various countries, from Austria to the Philippines, demonstrating the widespread concern for our planet’s future. The New York City march saw a diverse range of participants, including climate activists, students, concerned families, scientists, and even high-profile celebrities. Civil rights activist Cornel West, walking side by side with other demonstrators, passionately exclaimed, “Save the planet!” This united front showcases the broad-based support for transitioning to a sustainable and environmentally responsible future.
Demanding Federal Leadership
At the heart of this massive demonstration is a call for federal leadership to step up and address the urgent need to transition away from fossil fuels. Protesters like Gladys Delgadillo are imploring President Biden to take bold action, stating, “We need President Biden to rise to that challenge and commit to ending fossil fuels.” The urgency of this demand is further highlighted by New York’s recent ban on gas stoves, making it the first state to take such a decisive step towards reducing emissions and dependence on fossil fuels. Governor Kathy Hochul’s measure aims to combat climate change by reducing the environmental impact of buildings. Now, other states are urged to do the same.
Inspiring Change through Collective Action
The march comes ahead of U.N. meetings for the annual Climate Week. As we come to the end of the hottest summer on record since 1880, climate change is a topic that is set to take center stage. The 2023 UN Global Stocktake has finally called for an end to fossil fuels, through THE EARTH BILL! It effectively “domesticates” the Paris Accord and it moves the conversation from “what” the UN is calling for — to “how” to do it. It’s the only legislation in the world with the mechanism for what we must do and a MANDATED PLAN TO DO IT. It provides for a 7-year planned transition to clean electricity, cars, and food, with an all-of-society approach and 2030 deadlines. For the UN CLIMATE AMBITION SUMMIT, the bill puts forth a very specific idea in play for nations to make truly firm commitments and clear next steps. Specifically, it proposes that nations put mandates in law on industry to make the required transitions. The Bill effectively merges Gov’t policy, with private sector leadership and innovation, and secures private financing by providing clear and certain demand. This is a trifecta!
The “March to End Fossil Fuels” is a call for leadership and a testament to the power of collective action. Tens of thousands of individuals, united by a common goal, marched through the streets of Manhattan to raise awareness and push for change. The march encompassed people from all walks of life, including public school students, families, and scientists. This display of solidarity serves as a powerful reminder that every individual has the ability to contribute to the fight against climate change. By coming together and amplifying our voices, we are driving the momentum for change and inspiring others to join the cause. We must talk about legislation such as The Earth Bill and drive the conversation from endless generalities to specific laws.
The Role of Youth in Climate Activism
One of the most striking aspects of the “March to End Fossil Fuels” is the significant presence of young people. Students from various organizations, like Fossil Fuel Free UConn, have actively taken part in the demonstration, highlighting the growing role of youth in climate activism. Their passion and commitment to creating a sustainable future is evident in their fervent participation. By actively engaging in climate activism, young individuals are demanding accountability from world leaders and are shaping the discourse around climate change. Their involvement serves as a powerful reminder that the fight against climate change is a shared responsibility that transcends age and background.
Moving Forward: A Call to Action
The “March to End Fossil Fuels” has ignited a spark that must now be nurtured and transformed into meaningful change. It is crucial that the momentum generated by this powerful demonstration is sustained through continued advocacy and action. Individuals can contribute to the cause by:
- Supporting renewable energy initiatives or signing petitions such as this one here.
- Reducing their own carbon footprint through actions such as carrying reusable items instead of single-use plastic items like water bottles and plastic bags.
- Actively engaging with policymakers by attending forums and events held by your local city council members.
The “March to End Fossil Fuels” in New York City serves as a rallying cry for climate action. This historic demonstration highlights the global momentum for change and the urgent need for federal leadership in addressing climate change. The impact of this march extends far beyond the streets of Manhattan, inspiring individuals worldwide to join the fight against climate change. By harnessing the power of collective action, embracing sustainable practices, and engaging with policymakers, we can create a world where future generations can thrive. The time for action is now, and together, we can make a difference.
Whether you could be there or not, we are asking you to uplift our demands for President Biden so he gets our message loud and clear. Together, we call on him to:
- STOP FEDERAL APPROVALS for new fossil fuel projects and REPEAL permits for climate bombs like the Willow Project.
- PHASE OUT fossil fuel drilling on our public lands and waters.
- DECLARE A CLIMATE EMERGENCY to halt fossil fuel exports and investments abroad, and turbo-charge the build-out of more just, resilient distributed energy (like rooftop and community solar.
- PROVIDE A JUST TRANSITION to a renewable energy future* that generates millions of jobs while supporting workers’ and community rights, job security, and employment equity.
Missed the march, but still want to participate? Sign this petition to tell President Biden to stop Fossil Fuels now.