September 22, 2014September 24, 2014 Heather Phelps-Lipton Climate Climate March 2014 – the day in pictures Special thanks to photographer Heather Phelps-Lipton for joining NYER at the People’s Climate March. Check out the rest of our coverage of the Climate March. All photos copyright Heather Phelps-Lipton. One of the many great signs at the Climate March. This one reads: When there’s a huge solar energy spill it’s just called a nice day. Student groups came from all over the country – including the U of Michigan The actual marching got a late start, but the buzz was enthusiastic. The crowd was seriously creative! The March took a long time to get going – the massive crowd stayed festive and positive as they waited. Marchers protecting the lady from her rising bath. The Young Evangelicals sent a climate action contingent. It was a day of family action. Many of the signs were fantastically clever. Princeton represented. There was a street theater piece by Bread + Puppet. It was a longer day for some than others. Cyclists made a large showing. The emotions of the day were complex. The crowd was a myriad of specific interests, gathered as a unified presence. The final head count was 400,000+. Some blocks were a bit of a crush, but always a gentle one. Perhaps they are earth bandits? Marchers held a moment of silence at 1 p.m. to honor people affected by climate change. There were bands scattered throughout the march. Amen. There was a Canadian presence. Much clever signage were printed on t-shirts. Marchers were given “I’m marching for…” placards to be completed as desired. Two members of the “granny brigade” had lost their crew. “Clean water is a human right.” Indeed. Vegans made a strong and adamant showing. There march passed through Times Square; there was magic in the counterpoint. Barry Migler is trying to crowd source funding for his windmill which using sails instead of blades and doesn’t kill birds. Signage as amusement. “Live with consciousness.” “People planet peace over profit!” All sign handles were made of cardboard tubing. Signage made of dry erase board seems a curious choice, but the sentiment is sweet. Love our mother. Please. The presence of multiple religions was super cool. The march turned at Columbus Circle. There was a touchingly personal reveal in many of the signs. Musicians helped to keep the marchers’ energy high. Winsome.