Two years ago Hurricane Sandy struck the east coast of the United States. I still vividly remember my house shaking from the intense wind, and I’ll never forget the weeks after as people came together to help each other with the destruction, debris and darkness.

With the People’s Climate March happening in New York City, it was a chance for people who had been impacted by the severe storm to take action and demand climate justice.

Here are just a few stories of people who were impacted by Hurricane Sandy and why they marched September 21st:


Community organizations like Rockaway Wildfire and the Red Hook Initiative showed up strong to the People’s Climate March — and they will stay strong.

As Rockaway Wildfire just told me: “2 years after Hurricane Sandy Rockaway Wildfire is bringing power back to the frontlines of the climate crisis. Through grassroots leadership development, fighting for local land rights and fighting for climate justice we organize to survive.”


Watch this video and hear more from them about how they were affected by the storm.

Voices of Sandy from twelve bit media group on Vimeo.


For many working families in New York, “Super storm Sandy showed us that climate change is here and that if we do nothing, working families and the most vulnerable will be hardest hit.”>>

Watch Herve Neptune, a New York City Transit bus operator, tell his story about how he was impacted by Sandy and why he was joining the People’s Climate March. TWU Local

His story is clear and strong (and might make you cry and/or get angry at oil companies)


Myrtle Williams is a nurse with 1199 SEIU who took care of patients even after the storm came ashore and destroyed so much around her.


“It was important to march and make my voice heard, but also to do it for those who can’t be heard…I marched for those who are sick and frail and need someone to care for them. There were so many affected in the nursing home around me and they could not go on their own. Going to the march gave me that feeling that I’m not just doing this for my community, but for a whole group of people who need assistance.”

Read more here


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