Will Massive People's Climate March Launch a Movement that Can Challenge Corporate Power?

Posted Sept. 24, 2014

MP3 Excerpts of interviews with environmental activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and former Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich, conducted by Scott Harris

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They came by bus, train, air and cars from across America and the world – and as predicted, the Sept. 21 Peoples Climate March in New York City which drew an estimated 400,000, was indeed the largest climate protest in world history. The protesters, who filled broad boulevards stretching from 94th to 34th streets on Manhattan’s West side, was made up of a diverse crowd of all ages that included veterans of the 1960s civil rights movement, rank and file union members, students – and babies in strollers pushed by their parents.

The march in New York City, which coincided with similar protests in dozens of other cities across the globe, was held just two days before world leaders gathered for an emergency United Nations Summit meeting. The summit is intended to kickstart a process that it is hoped will result in a substantive international agreement at next December’s global climate negotiations in Paris.

The day after the giant climate march, thousands of protesters participated is a nonviolent civil disobedience action in New York City’s financial district where 100 people were arrested. The protest dubbed, #FloodWallStreet, sought to bring attention and accountability to the role corporations and banks play in blocking government action to regulate climate change. Between The Lines’ Scott Harris was at the Climate March and spoke with former U.S. Rep. and presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich and environmental activist and attorney Robert F. Kennedy Jr. about the obstacles preventing substantive action on climate change. We hear first from former Rep. Dennis Kucinich.

They spoke at New York City’s Peoples Climate March. Find more information, by visiting peoplesclimate.org.

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