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Voices from the People’s Climate March

Photo by Rachael Bongiorno

Photo by Rachael Bongiorno

This post originally appeared on “Feet in 2 Worlds,” a public radio production and blog sponsored by The New School’s Center for New York City Affairs. 

Well over 300,000 people came out for the People’s Climate March on September 21 in New York City, making it the largest climate protest in history. The marchers’ message to world leaders meeting last week at the UN Climate Summit was clear: they want immediate and bold action against climate change.

Rachael Bongiorno, a graduate student at The New School, was at the march and produced this audio postcard for Deutsche Welle. It highlights the voices of indigenous and community activists who attended the march.

“I think it’s critical that…indigenous people are leading that march because we are on the front lines of the struggle,” said Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, a filmmaker and activist. “And most often it is indigenous communities who are impacted by industry and development and by resource extraction.”

Listen to the audio postcard here. 

On September 16, Feet in 2 Worlds held a workshop on reporting climate change for ethnic and community media journalists. That Sunday more than 300,000 people took to the streets of Manhattan demanding action against climate change. Rachel Bongiorno, who produced this story, attended our workshop.

Fi2W is supported by the David and Katherine Moore Family Foundation, the Ralph E. Odgen Foundation, and the Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation.

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