21 September 2014 - Hundreds of thousands of people around the world have taken to the streets in the largest ever mass-mobilisation for the climate.
Marches are taking place across the globe today including in London, Paris, Rio, Delhi and New York, where UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is hosting a summit of world leaders on Tuesday.
Attending the summit plenary on Tuesday as one of 38 NGO participants and marching through Manhattan today is Christian Aid’s Senior Climate Change Advisor, Mohamed Adow.
He said: 'People around the world have demonstrated just how much this issue means to them by coming out onto the streets of their cities in the biggest ever mobilisation for the climate.
'It’s thrilling to see democracy in action. We’ve seen this week a huge turnout for the Scottish independence referendum and now we’re seeing a popular, grassroots movement for the climate coming to life around the world.
'Whoever said political engagement was dead?
'Our leaders need to take this opportunity and respond to the call of the public to back up their positive words with firm actions to bring the misery of climate change to an end.
'There is still time for us to change our course and put the world on a trajectory which will secure a safe and healthy future for us all. But we need to see political commitments this year. We cannot leave it until next year’s crunch meeting in Paris in December.
'The People’s Climate March shows that the time for action is now. This week world leaders have a chance to prove they can be trusted to do the right thing.'
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