While many have criticized the corporate co-opting of the People’s Climate March, there’s no denying that hundreds of thousands of people taking to the streets makes a powerful statement, albeit one without any tangible demands. Portland’s own action was nowhere close to the scale of the march in New York City, yet felt nonetheless impressive.
Yesterday, some 6,000 people assembled in Tom McCall Waterfront Park to listen to an array of speakers talk about the need for swift action on climate change caused by greenhouse-gas induced global warming. Some spoke from their hearts. Some spoke for their re-election campaigns. You can imagine who was more convincing.
Climate ride group shot of PDX Bike Swarm.