An outpouring of activists and environmental advocates marched across the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday to mark the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Sandy — and call on government to take climate change seriously.
Thousands crowded into Cadman Park Plaza in downtown Brooklyn ahead of the march, many carrying signs that read “Climate Justice Now,” “Soil Not Oil” and “Windmills Not Walls.”
“Here we are on another warm day in October, and we know why,” said Eddie Bautista, the executive director of grantee New York Environmental Justice Alliance.
Bautista drew a direct line between the devastation that hit New York five years ago and the spate of storms that slammed into the Caribbean this summer.
“Five years ago tomorrow, the city was visited by a severe weather event, the likes of which we had never seen, and then this past summer we have seen hurricane after hurricane devastating the global South and communities of color throughout the lower parts of the United States,” Bautista said.
The group banded together with a message about inequality and environmental injustice in the face of government cuts and other issues.
A trio of canvasses painted with images of Mayor de Blasio, Gov. Cuomo and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) included messages calling for clean energy, a divestment of city pensions from fossil fuel companies and the full funding of the Environmental Protection Agency.
The group made its way toward the Brooklyn Bridge, chanting, “Who’s got the power? We’ve got the power!” and “Water is Life.”
Adapted from the original at New York Daily News