Young activists rallied for climate action on Friday, staging protests from New Zealand and Japan to Germany and the Democratic Republic of Congo to demand that rich countries pay for the damage global warming is inflicting upon the poor.
The protests take place six weeks before this year’s UN climate summit, known as COP27, where vulnerable countries will push for compensation for climate-related destruction to homes, infrastructure and livelihoods.
In New York, at least 2,000 people gathered Friday afternoon for the march, chanting slogans such as, “the people united, shall never be defeated,” as they went from Foley Square to lower Manhattan.
Shortly before 3pm (1800 GMT), the crowd started gathering in Wall Streets’ financial district in front of the famous bull statue, which has come to symbolize the stock market and big business.
Citing the catastrophic flooding in Pakistan that displaced millions of people this year, one speaker told the crowd, “The rains came from the sky but the floods came from the greed in America and your leaders addiction to oil.”
Nemonte Nenquimo, an indigenous leader from the Pastaza region in Ecuador’s Amazon, spoke to the crowd, “I am here to make visible our battle throughout the Amazon … We (have given) our lives to protect the planet.”