Why Earth demands this march in New York City: A reply to Arun Gupta

Solidarity Needed for the Climate Movement

By Ben Ptashnik,

In the lead-up to the historic Climate March in NYC on September 22nd,, some activists have expressed doubt regarding the efficacy of mass demonstrations, and some have criticized the march as a toothless gesture, perhaps even a co-optation of a more militant environmentalism.

But history proves otherwise. There hasn’t been a movement in the history of the US that has succeeded without putting massive numbers in the streets.

Marches, gatherings, teach-ins and peaceful demonstrations create a venue for collective shared passion, while sending a message that resonates to form public opinion and political policy. And it should be well noted that the Climate March is the pivot point for a host of workshops, conferences, and planned direct actions.

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