Get Moving for the Planet

Mon, 19/09/11

On September 24, thousands of people are expected to march to the UN Headquarters in New York City to show their support for a global climate treaty. The event is held simultaneously with the UN General Assembly, where over hundred world leaders will be gathered. 

The march is a part of Moving Planet – a global initiative dedicated to the goal of solving the climate crisis by ending the world’s dependence on fossil-fuel energy.

At the end of the march photos and videos from other Moving Planet events will be projected at a rally outside the UN Headquarters. Speakers at the event include a delegation of indigenous leaders, Vice President of the Maldives Ibrahim Hood and climatologist Dr. James Hansen.

“The planet has been stuck for too long with governments doing nothing about the biggest problem we've ever faced,” said Bill McKibben, the founder of 350.org, the international climate campaign that is coordinating the demonstrations.

“This is the day when people will get the earth moving, rolling towards the solutions we need.”

More than 150 countries are expected to take part in Moving Planet, with scheduled events from the Pacific islands to the European capitals. 

Moving Planet is meant to show politicians that in every country on Earth, people are demanding an end to the fossil-fuel economy and an immediate transition to clean energy solutions.

The march to the UNHQ will start from various places around New York City, before converging at 2pm at the United Nations' Dag Hammarskjold Plaza on 47th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues in Manhattan.

Sign up for a march or bike ride in your New York City neighbourhood here, or create a new one.

Other Moving Planet events include:

  • In the Dominican Republic, students will paint the country’s first bike lane in Santo Domingo.
  • In Brazil, thousands of cyclists will take to the streets of São Paulo to call for sustainable transportation solutions.
  • In India, thousands of people gathered in Andhra Pradesh for a public meeting on the impact of coal pollution in the region.
  • In Indonesia, cyclists will bike 350 hours from Bali to Bandung for a clean energy rally.
  • In Italy, hundreds of cyclists will take to the busy streets of Milan to draw attention to local pollution and traffic congestion.
  • In Ukraine, hundreds are expected to join a “flash-dance” in Kiev’s main square.
  • In Egypt, hundreds of people will parade in blue clothing to create a human Nile river, drawing attention to the importance of protecting precious water resources.
  • In South Africa, thousands will join a parade in Cape Town to call on the South African government to support bold climate action at this November’s UN Climate Talks in Durban.

For an overview of all the events and further details go to Moving Planet.