NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Accompanied by drumbeats, wearing costumes and carrying signs, tens of thousands of demonstrators filled the streets of Manhattan and other cities around the world Sunday to urge policy makers to take action on climate change.
The People’s Climate March, which included celebrities Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Sting and Evangeline Lilly, wound through Midtown, joined along the way by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, former Vice President Al Gore and Mayor Bill de Blasio.READ MORE: Exclusive: Cellphone Video Shows NYPD Sergeant Throw Man To Ground During Violent Arrest On Lower East Side
“Well you can’t help but bring people’s attention to how many people care,” Catherine Gray, with League of Women told CBS 2’s Steve Langford.
PHOTOS: People’s Climate March
The march was one of a series of events large and small held around the world — organizers said 40,000 marches took part in an event in London, while a small gathering in Cairo featured 50-foot art piece representing wind and solar energy — two days before the United Nations Climate Summit.
More than 120 world leaders will convene Tuesday for the meeting aimed at galvanizing political will for a new global climate treaty by the end of 2015.
Marchers in Manhattan held signs and protested various concerns — from fracking, to fossil fuels, to clean water, WCBS 880’s Jim Smith reported.