In coordination with Global Climate Strikes, commemorating 2nd anniversary of Hurricane Maria, NYC march will kick-off at Foley Square, land in Battery Park for speakers & performers
New York, NY — In coordination with Global Climate Strikes happening in over 150 countries, New York City youth will lead a massive multigenerational, multiracial mobilization for transformative climate justice on today, September 20.
Today marks the two-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria, and comes just days before the United Nations Climate Summit and New York City Climate Week. The NYC March is one of over 1000 actions happening in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Guam, happening ahead of a week for climate action with escalated events happening Sept 20-28.
What: New York City Climate Strike + Puerto Rico Day of Action
When: TODAY, Friday, September 20, 2019, 11am – 5pmEST
Where: PRESS CHECK-IN: 11am, Foley Square
PUERTO RICO RALLY: 11am, Santander Bank, 336 Broadway, NY
RALLY: 12pm, Foley Square
SPEAKERS + PERFORMERS: 3pm, Battery Park
Visuals: Music, spokespeople, massive crowd; 10 painted parachutes, cardboard cut-outs of waves lining the march, blue tarps, banners, posters, handmade signs, and more!
Who: New York City youth climate strikers; Puerto Rican community members; over 100 NYC organizations officially endorsing; artists, elders, faith communities, workers and union members; elected officials, national climate and progressive organizations, and many more!
Vic Barrett, 20 year-old Juliana vs US plaintiff, climate justice activist
Greta Thunberg, 16 year-old Swedish climate activist
Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, 19 year-old Indigenous Climate Activist, Youth Director Earth Guardians; Plaintiff, Juliana vs US
Julio López Varona, Co-director of Community Dignity Campaigns, Center For Popular Democracy
Jaden and Willow Smith, Musicians, Actors, Activists
Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, marine biologist and Founder of Urban Ocean Lab
Grace Goldstein, 17 year-old youth activist, US Climate Strike
Rebeca Sabnam, 16 year-old New York & Bangladeshi activist, Youth Advocate for Cafeteria Culture
Isabella Fallahi and Kevin Patel, Youth activists, Zero Hour
Artemisa Xakriabá, Brazil’s Indigenous People Articulation (APIB) youth leader, and member of the Global Alliance of Territorial Communities
Marisol Rivera, 13 year-old Hurricane Sandy survivor, New York Communities for Change
Varshini Prakash, Executive Director, Sunrise Movement
Judy Sheridan Gonzalez, President, New York State Nurses Association
MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Youth strikers, Puerto Rican leaders, frontline community members, faith group leaders, union members, and more are available for interview throughout the day.