Inspiration from the People’s Climate March

For those who wanted to attend but couldn’t and for those that did and want to keep reliving the thrill of global sangha united for a healthy planet, we offer here some sights and sounds from the People’s Climate March last Sunday. We’ll follow with a video from Flood Wall Street, the direct action that followed on Monday. We’ll let you in on some of the inspiration given to the UN delegates at the Climate Summit that began Tuesday. You can also read Dharma teacher and climate activist Thanissara’s first hand account here. Be present and let us know what arises!


First, here’s our collection of photos assembled from marchers mostly in the New York City event:

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For more inspiring photos of the global event, visit peoplesclimate.org and click on “GLOBAL” under “PHOTOS” on the right.


Indigenous leaders at the Peoples Climate March in New York speak to the urgency of Climate Change and the need for all of us to be #IdleNoMore. From the Amazon to the Arctic, Indigenous Peoples are defending our climate and teaching allies about how extractive industries are directly connected to sovereignty, colonization, and violence against Indigenous women.


At the Flood Wall Street direct action, the New York Police Department played their role in civil disobedience event by arresting 102 people, including one polar bear, two Captain Planets and two people in wheelchairs:


On Monday, 23 September 2014, 26 year-old poet Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, from the Marshall Islands, addressed the Opening Ceremony of the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Summit. Kathy performed a new poem entitled “Dear Matafele Peinem”, written to her daughter. The poem received a standing ovation. No, Matafele Peinem, we won’t let you down.


Finally, this video was shared with the UN Climate Summit meeting in New York earlier today. Now who among us can disagree with Morgan Freeman?
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3 Comments on “Inspiration from the People’s Climate March

  1. I love the embody fierce compassion sign on what looks like a sheet. I wonder if it might be possible to get a copy?

    • Thank you, Brenda, for your comment. We made 10 of these handmade silkscreens for the march, having no idea of the impact they would have. Now we’re thinking of making more for those who want one for a certain size donation. Watch our site and facebook page in November for updates.

  2. Thanks for your coverage of this beautiful communion of the truly One Earth Sangha (or Beloved Community as MLK,jr would say). We were so glad to be a part of this and to walk mindfully with our brothers and sisters in the Dharma.

    Looking forward to the rest of the Sunday series on Buddhism and Climate Change. _()_

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