Meager coverage of climate change march [Letter]

September 24, 2014

As one of the hundreds of thousands who participated in the People's Climate March in New York City on Sunday, I am outraged that The Sun buried its coverage of this event on Page 6, beneath a blurry photo of participants ("Worldwide marches call for climate effort," Sept. 22).

It began by stating that "thousands of people" participated and did not cite the lowest estimate of the actual turnout, 310,000, until the ninth paragraph, the same paragraph in which it also mentioned that U.N. Secretary Ban Ki Moon, former Vice President Al Gore and actor Leonardo DiCaprio participated.

The fact that primatologist Jane Goodall participated was left to last paragraph, and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's participation was not mentioned at all.

Even by the lowest estimate of 310,000 at the event — other estimates were as high as 600,000 — the People's Climate March drew a larger turnout than the iconic 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Justice.

The article stated that the group Avaaz had organized the march but did not mention that more than 100 other groups, such as the Sierra Club, were also involved. And while the article did state that the march in New York was one of hundreds worldwide, and that it provided accurate information on climate change, the greatest threat our planet now faces, it was poorly put together and buried on a back page, which did a disservice to Sun readers.

Ron Meservey, Columbia

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