Marylanders join climate march in N.Y.C.

Thirteen charter buses ferry participants from across the state

  • Marching with the aid of a walker, a man wears a sign proclaiming himself a World War II veteran.
Marching with the aid of a walker, a man wears a sign proclaiming… (By permission Sabrina Fu )
September 22, 2014|By Tim Wheeler | The Baltimore Sun

More than 600 Marylanders marched with hundreds of thousands of others in New York City Sunday in support of stronger action to address climate change, according to organizers of the state effort.

People boarded 13 chartered buses to join the People's Climate March from cities across Maryland, organizers said, including Baltimore, Annapolis, College Park, Greenbelt, Columbia, Frederick and Silver Spring.

Seth Bush, coordinator of the Maryland contingent, called the level of support from the state "overwhelming.

"People want climate action now, and we must do our best to achieve and surpass the targets in EPA's Clean Power Plan," Bush said in a statement issued during the march. The Obama administration has proposed regulations to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants by 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.

Organizers initially estimated 320,000 people participated in the march through mid-town Manhattan, but have since upped it to 400,000. The New York march was one of several held around the world.

"It was the most diverse set of people I had ever seen -- people of every color and every age possible.  I saw babies and WWII vets," said Sabrina Fu of Ellicott City. Her packed bus headed for New York at 6:30 a.m. Sunday to make the march, she reported by email.

There, Fu said she joined the throng of people, some carrying printed or hand-written signs, and others "dressed up as polar bears, mother earth, and things I could not identify."

In remarks echoed by many others, Regina Minniss of Baltimore explained why she took part: "Climate disruption is happening today, and it is deadly serious. Carbon emissions in our atmosphere are well past sustainable levels."

The march took place two days before the convening of a United Nations climate summit there. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio participated, the latter after announcing an initiative to curtail the city's greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050.

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