In New York, young people mobilize massively to ward off fear of the climate crisis

More than 250,000 protesters, according to organizers, marched in Manhattan on Friday to pressure leaders on the eve of a UN climate summit.

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Young activists take part in a day of global mobilization against climate change in New York on September 20th.
Young activists take part in a day of global mobilization against climate change in New York on September 20th. DREW ANGERER / AFP

"The big crowds make me anxious, but climate change even more so. " As her sign suggests, Jane Gosden went out of her way to take to the streets of New York on Friday, September 20, during the Global Day Against Climate Change. In his eyes, it is now, no more and no less, "To save his future, that of (her) generation and following ", even if she fears "It's already too late". So, the 35-year-old took his courage and his sign with both hands and, for the first time in his life, mingled with the protesters.

According to the organizers, there were 250,000 and 60,000, according to the town hall, to march south of Manhattan to snatch from the leaders drastic measures against soaring temperatures. Mostly young, encouraged by the city authorities, who gave their blessing to students wishing to dry school. Their slogans, like those brandished in a thousand other American cities, rivaled good words: "The dinosaurs too thought they had time," "The oceans are rising and so are we" "Do not let Generation Z be the last one" or "Do not be a fossil fool" – word game between fossil energies (fossil fuels) and idiot (fool).

Manhattan, New York, September 20th.
Manhattan, New York, September 20th. SHINEYVEGNYC via REUTERS

If New York is transformed, for a few days, the world capital of the fight against climate change is that it must host, Monday, September 23, an exceptional summit on climate at the UN in the presence of some 60 heads of state and government. "We will force leaders to listen to us. Change happens, whether they want it or not, exclaimed, at the end of the event, the iconic Greta Thunberg, under bursts of applause in a crowded Battery Park.

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