On Sunday, tens of thousands of climate activists participated in a "march to end fossil fuels" in New York City. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez urged the demonstrators to make the cause "too big and too radical to ignore."
The progressive Democrat blasted the US for continuing to approve fossil fuel projects, something the Biden administration did earlier this year with the contentious Willow project in Alaska, to applause from the audience.
The Manhattan march was expected to draw between 50,000 and 75,000 participants, making it the largest climate march in the US in the previous five years, according to organizers. According to the NYPD, it would not comment on crowd sizes.
The march coincided with the gathering of world leaders for the UN general assembly this week and the UN climate summit on Wednesday, which was billed by the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, as a "no-nonsense" event to highlight new climate pledges.
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President Biden's participation in the UN climate summit on Wednesday is not currently scheduled, according to national security adviser Jake Sullivan on Friday. Climate activists have applauded Biden for last year's landmark $369 billion climate law, but they have also blasted him for approving oil drilling projects and the growth of gas plants in the Gulf of Mexico.
On Sunday, protestors painted the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany, with orange paint as part of more than 650 global climate activities.
Greta Thunberg's Fridays for Future and other youth-led organizations were instrumental in planning the mobilizations.
In the coming week, there will be more anti-climate change demonstrations, including one on Monday in New York City's Zuccotti Park.