SAN FRANCISCO – Thousands of people marched in the streets of San Francisco on Saturday to demand “real leadership” in the fight against climate change, four days ahead of the Global Climate Action Summit taking place in the city.
The “Rise for Climate, Jobs and Justice” march is part of a global day of action that includes demonstrations in dozens of cities throughout the world.
“We need real leadership in the fight against climate change and the current administration in Washington is failing. That is why people are out on the street,” Analisa Freitas, campaign manager for one of the groups that organized the march, told EFE.
“Everybody is marching: environmental groups, unions, women’s organizations, Latino organizations. This march is absolutely intersectional because climate change is a threat to absolutely everyone,” said Freitas, who is part of the Peoples Climate Movement.
The march was organized to take place ahead of the Sept. 12-14 Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, in which political, social and business leaders from around the world will meet to discuss international commitments to fight climate change.
Some of the world-renowned celebrities, activists and leaders who are expected to attend the summit include actors Harrison Ford and Alec Baldwin, musician Rocky Dawuni, former US Vice President Al Gore, former US Secretary of State John Kerry, and conservationist Jane Goodall.
Many representatives from the Spanish-speaking world will also attend the summit, including the EU Commissioner for Energy and Climate Action Miguel Arias Cañete, the Mexican Secretary of the Environment and Natural Resources Rafael Pacchiano, and activist Dolores Huerta.
The ministers of the environment of Peru and Costa Rica, Fabiola Muñoz and Carlos Manuel Rodriguez, as well as Puerto Rico governor Ricardo Rossello, are also expected to attend the meeting.