They went to New York in their thousands; students, grand-parents, union members, community organizers, and faith groups. Lead by UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon, Al Gore, the French prime minister, and Jane Goodall, 400,000 of them passed through Times Square in a festooned march that stretched for four miles. Their numbers stunned the organizers and surprised the NYPD. They called on the world’s leaders to ACT NOW on climate change, to move away from our dangerous reliance on fossil fuels, and for protection of the poorest inhabitants of all nations. This was the largest demonstration for social action in many years, and was the strongest call for action on climate change ever.
Aboard the three Sierra Club/Thomas Merton Center buses from Pittsburgh were one hundred members plus 16 members of the SEIU union and 25 CMU students. Another two buses from Pittsburgh were filled with Pitt students and members of Action United. These worthy souls who climbed aboard their buses in the early morning hours and got back late at night all deserve our thanks for representing Pittsburgh in a great and very successful event.