Street protests demanding urgent action on climate change have attracted hundreds of thousands of marchers in more than 2,000 locations worldwide.
The People’s Climate March is campaigning for curbs on carbon emissions, ahead of the UN climate summit in New York next week.
In Manhattan, organisers said some 310,000 people joined a march that was also attended by UN chief Ban Ki-moon. “This is the planet where our subsequent generations will live,” Mr Ban told reporters. “There is no ‘Plan B’ because we do not have ‘Planet B’.” The UN Secretary General was accompanied by primatologist Jane Goodall and the French Ecology Minister, Segolene Royal.
Earlier, huge demonstrations took place in Australia and Europe. In London, the march attracted an estimated 40,000 people, including actress Emma Thompson who likened the threat from climate change to a Martian invasion. Some 30,000 people marched in Melbourne, Australia. Demonstrators urged Prime Minister Tony Abbott to take action, citing fears that climate change could lead to more bushfires and droughts.