A Betty Joins the People’s Climate March in New York

by Betty on September 23, 2014

Leonardo Dicaprio wasn’t the only big name at the People’s Climate March- Betty was there, too!

be the light

In preparation of the UN Climate summit, tens of thousands of activists, politicians, celebrities, and, yes, a Betty, marched in the streets of New York City to call world leaders to take action against climate change. Peggy Gilges, a C’ville resident and loyal Betty, had this to say about the event:

“It was overcast and cool, but the mood was sunny, as people of all ages and stripes flocked out of subway stations to join the People’s Climate March on Central Park West Sunday morning.  Representatives of organizations and institutions from all over the country converged in a colorful, good-natured and determined effort to encourage bold action by international leaders attending the United Nations Climate Summit this week in New York.

Marchers filled Central Park West from above 86th Street to Columbus Circle (59th) and proceeded on Central Park South, down 6th Avenue through Times Square and then west on 34th Street, finishing up at 11th Avenue.  Supporters lined the parade route as the marchers made their way (and their statements—such an array of signs and costumes, musicians and voices!) through the City.  At least two busloads of C’villians made the trip to New York to participate on behalf of present and future generations of earthlings.

It was a vibrant and spirited display of forces united for action, and a thrill for this Betty to be in the thick of it!”

Peggy Gilges is an Albemarle County mom and a co-founder of Brng.it (http://blog.brng.it/about-us/) a blog, Facebook community and iOS app (currently being updated) focusing on waste-related problems and how we can improve human and environmental health through “Zero Waste” solutions, specifically reuse. A 2011 graduate of Dominican University’s Sustainable Practices Program in San Rafael, California, and the Environmental Forum of Marin’s Sustainable Earth Forum, she is devoted to a cleaner, greener future through adoption of sustainable practices. She was previously the head of department for 20th Century Decorative Arts at Christie’s New York.

Here are some photos Peggy took at the march:

action not words

price on carbon

love heals

preschooler

raise veggies

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