JP climate protesters to head to NYC

August 29, 2014
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Dozens of environmental activists from Jamaica Plain are convoying to New York City in September to join a protest in advance of a United Nations climate change summit.

The People’s Climate March, planned through climate change organization 350.org and dozens of other groups will march on Sept. 21.

350.org’s Massachusetts chapter is based in JP and Cambridge.

350 organizer Emily Kirkland told the Gazette she expects “hundreds” of people from JP to participate, though only 40 had signed up as of last week. The protest will involve “hundreds of thousands of people in the streets, demanding strong action to confront climate change,” she said.

President Barack Obama and other world leaders will be in New York City for the United Nations World Climate Summit, which will take place Sept. 23, two days after the march.

“The goal of the march is to show the strength and diversity of the growing climate movement. We want to show the world that there is a huge and vocal constituency of people dedicated to confronting the climate crisis, and we want to spur world leaders to make bold commitments to reduce emissions, in line with what the science says is necessary,” Kirkland said.

The Jamaica Plain Forum, along with 350 Massachusetts and Boston Climate Action Network, are hosting an organizing meeting for the march on Sept. 9 at First Church in Jamaica Plain Unitarian Universalist.

Buses for the march will be leaving from four Boston locations, one of which will be Stop & Shop in Jackson Square. Marchers have the choice to go a day early or on the morning of the march. Low-income priced tickets area available. More information and tickets are available at bit.ly/1mIFmh9.

350 Massachusetts’s website is 350ma.org.

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