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The People’s Climate March, scheduled to take place in Manhattan on Sunday, could be the biggest demonstration calling attention to climate change to date. At least, that’s what activists like Bill McKibben, who urged supporters to converge on New York this coming weekend in a lengthy Rolling Stone piece published this summer, are hoping.
The demonstration is scheduled to coincide with the U.N. Climate Summit starting September 23, itself a preparatory meeting for the even more critical U.N. climate talks set to take place in Paris in 2015. With two days to go, organizers say at least 1,400 groups have mobilized to participate in the march and more than 24,000 individuals have RSVP’d for the event via Facebook.
The march is expected to get under way at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday morning; supporters are being asked to gather on Central Park West between 65th and 86th streets starting at 9 a.m. (For more information about where in the line you should be, check out these detailed instructions.) The route snakes down Central Park West, before cutting left on 59th Street all the way to Sixth Avenue, then down Sixth to 42nd Street, before cutting left again on Eleventh Avenue and wrapping up at 34th Street. (Organizers say finalizing the route took “several months of negotiating with the New York Police Department.”)