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Elected Leaders Participate in Climate March, Unveil Environmentally-Friendly Initiatives

Mayor Bill de Blasio and many other city elected officials participated in The People's Climate March on Sunday, lending their voice to the call for attention and action regarding climate change. Hundreds of organizing groups expected at least 100,000 marchers and estimates are that over 300,000 actually participated - with a two-plus mile stretch of the west side of Manhattan dominated by the march for a good portion of the day. The march was organized as a show of force before the United Nations Climate Summit taking place in New York on Tuesday.

In the days leading up to the march, both the de Blasio administration and the City Council unveiled new plans to combat climate change and improve the environment. De Blasio's plan is "Built to Last" and is a multifaceted approach based on "committing to reduce our emissions by 80 percent below 2005 levels by 2050, making us the largest city in the world to commit to this goal." De Blasio will speak at the UN Climate Summit at 8 a.m. on Tuesday.

The City Council plan is based on that same larger goal of :reducing our citywide greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050" and includes "connecting the unemployed to green jobs"; "making buildings more energy efficient"; "promoting low-carbon transportation"; and more. Also on Sunday, citing recent severe storms to hit New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo “designated the week of September 22-28 as Climate Week in order to encourage New Yorkers to think forward about the challenges of a changing climate, as well as to highlight the progress being made to prepare New York State for the new reality of extreme weather,” according to a release from his office.
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