A Day at the People’s Climate March

Betsy Pantazelos  /  4 Min Read  /  Activism

Above: Employees and customers assembled to march. Photo: Betsy Pantazelos.

Bp_pcm_2b

Today did not start like most other days for the employees of Patagonia stores in New York City. We didn’t restock shelves, we didn’t organize products and we didn’t open the doors at normal hours for our customers. Instead, with the blessing of the company—and our CEO, Rose Marcario, at our side—we joined our neighbors for the People’s Climate March.

After a gathering at the Upper West Side store with Protect Our Winters, Catskill Mountainkeeper, HeadCount, employees and supporters, we all headed for the streets to reinforce the importance of keeping the health of the environment at the forefront of world discussions instead of on the back burner. What followed was the largest rally of its kind to date.

The event was aptly named the People’s Climate March because people are intrinsically linked to the environment—as creatures of the planet—but also as the ones to blame for the climate issues we face. So we gathered, en masse, from near and from far to be the change we hope to see.

By recent estimates, more than 400,000 people joined the effort, standing collectively to support countless environment causes—all vast and intriguingly disparate. But the day was not about delineating our different passions; the march marked a pause in many New Yorkers’ busy lives to stand in solidarity. The whole experience served as a friendly reminder that environmentalism is a cross-party issue, where all factions have a singular vested interest in the only planet we have.

Bp_pcm_3

Miles of city blocks were densely packed with concerned citizens. Photo: Betsy Pantazelos

Bp_pcm_4

Employees and friends encouraged everyone to Vote the Environment. Photo: Betsy Pantazelos

Bp_pcm_5Even Kodiak and Bella joined the peaceful march to encourage voter activism. Photo: Betsy Pantazelos

Hopefully today served as a catalyst for many citizens, a call to action to vote on behalf of the environment and also as a spark for world leaders to actively discuss and create global reform to address climate change. After all, this is a mess of our own making, and—no matter your reasons for marching today—it’s time we cleaned things up.

24_(353)_R1

Betsy Pantazelos is an avid skier and the District Manager of Patagonia Retail Stores in New York City.

Check out more photos from the march by Tim Davis:

Pcm_11

Pcm_5

Pcm_6

Pcm_7

Pcm_8

Pcm_3

Pcm_14

Pcm_13

Pcm_15

Pcm_19

Pcm_16

Pcm_18

Pcm_17

Pcm_1

Couldn’t make the march? Raise your voice by voting the environment this November in the mid-term elections.

Update 9/25: People’s Climate March just released this recap video.

Related Stories

The Art of Loss: How Zaria Forman Draws Stunningly Realistic Polar Ice
It’s fascinating to hear Zaria Forman talk about ice, especially the way that it sounds. She describes the way it rumbles and thunders and cracks, even when you can’t see anything. It crackles and pops like breakfast cereal on high volume. “Ice crispies,” she calls it. “It’s a really beautiful sound.” Polar ice is possibly…
It’s fascinating to hear Zaria Forman talk about ice, especially the way that it sounds. She describes the way it rumbles and thunders and cracks, even when you can’t see anything. It crackles and pops like breakfast cereal on high volume. “Ice crispies,” she calls it. “It’s a really beautiful sound.” Polar ice is possibly…
Meaghen Brown
4 min Read
Meet the 13 Youth Climate Activists Challenging a Pipeline
Thirteen youth climate activists are taking to the courts to protect the Mississippi River and the people who depend on it for survival.  Brent Murcia crosses the lively Mississippi River every day by bridge on his walk to class at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. The sunset sometimes paints its gray murky waters a…
Thirteen youth climate activists are taking to the courts to protect the Mississippi River and the people who depend on it for survival.  Brent Murcia crosses the lively Mississippi River every day by bridge on his walk to class at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. The sunset sometimes paints its gray murky waters a…
Lisset Fun
7 min Read
After a Huge Showing for Climate Action, Now What?
As we look back on a week of climate actions that mobilized more than 7 million people around the world, those of us who took part are asking ourselves: What next? I ask that question of myself, as a concerned citizen, as a father and as a business leader in my role at Patagonia. Between…
As we look back on a week of climate actions that mobilized more than 7 million people around the world, those of us who took part are asking ourselves: What next? I ask that question of myself, as a concerned citizen, as a father and as a business leader in my role at Patagonia. Between…
Ryan Gellert
7 min Read
The Climate Crisis Is a Human Issue
Thirty years ago this month, I published my first book, The End of Nature, which was also the first book for a general audience about what we then called the greenhouse effect. And my main worry was about … nature. In 1989, global warming was still a theoretical crisis—we were right at the edge of…
Thirty years ago this month, I published my first book, The End of Nature, which was also the first book for a general audience about what we then called the greenhouse effect. And my main worry was about … nature. In 1989, global warming was still a theoretical crisis—we were right at the edge of…
Bill McKibben
5 min Read
Why The Kids Are Striking
There’s something undeniably cute about kids protesting. They paint their signs—and faces—in primary colors, add some glitter. They smile and laugh as they huddle for selfies. Yet if they seem playful, they’re also serious. The millions of young people who’ve taken to the streets in the last year know that their generation has been dealt…
There’s something undeniably cute about kids protesting. They paint their signs—and faces—in primary colors, add some glitter. They smile and laugh as they huddle for selfies. Yet if they seem playful, they’re also serious. The millions of young people who’ve taken to the streets in the last year know that their generation has been dealt…
Madalina Preda
6 min Read
How One Teenager Is Addressing the Climate Crisis
 In our 1990 summer catalog we said, “It’s up to us to make sure that children don’t go tree hungry, that they have wild places and opportunities to be in them. Once they do, they will amaze us with their caring. They need not wait to grow up to be involved; part of becoming a…
 In our 1990 summer catalog we said, “It’s up to us to make sure that children don’t go tree hungry, that they have wild places and opportunities to be in them. Once they do, they will amaze us with their caring. They need not wait to grow up to be involved; part of becoming a…
Kirsten Van Horne
5 min Read
The Last Generation: Meet the Leaders of the Youth Climate Strike US
On March 15, spirits are high among a group of friends in Washington, D.C. Isra Hirsi, 16, Haven Coleman, 13, and other teen girls sprint to the lawn of the Capitol Building after a morning meeting at a nearby cafe. They laugh as they walk and chant, “Whose planet? Our planet!” They appear to be…
On March 15, spirits are high among a group of friends in Washington, D.C. Isra Hirsi, 16, Haven Coleman, 13, and other teen girls sprint to the lawn of the Capitol Building after a morning meeting at a nearby cafe. They laugh as they walk and chant, “Whose planet? Our planet!” They appear to be…
Prince Shakur
9 min Read
Adults, Change Is Coming Whether You Like It or Not: Alexandria Villaseñor on the US Youth Climate Strike
Alexandria Villaseñor is a 13-year-old climate justice activist and one of three lead organizers, together with Isra Hirsi and Haven Coleman, of US Youth Climate Strike. She is part of a global movement of students who are striking from school to protest inaction on climate change. The global Youth Climate Strike is taking place on March…
Alexandria Villaseñor is a 13-year-old climate justice activist and one of three lead organizers, together with Isra Hirsi and Haven Coleman, of US Youth Climate Strike. She is part of a global movement of students who are striking from school to protest inaction on climate change. The global Youth Climate Strike is taking place on March…
Alexandria Villaseñor
6 min Read
Popular searches