The final estimate I read was that 400,000 people showed up in New York City for the People’s Climate March, and that there were 2,600+ solidarity events held around the world in 162 countries. It was amazing! From a day with stand out memories, here are a few:
- the press and size of the crowd was amazing! While I ran down the line taking pictures (I neither started at one end, nor got to the other in four hours) Lyn stood at 81st St. In all that time she never got to march…the head was moving but the ‘stretch’ never reached that far back, in all that time! And there were city blocks of people waiting behind her!
- the moment of silence was pure silence, not a peep, even from the children. But then, when it was over, and the wave of the roar of everyone shouting as the sound came zooming down the boulevard, it sent shivers down my back and neck.
- there’s a picture of a policeman (who were all vigilant, but relaxed and helpful) with a big grin on his face. After I asked if I could take his photo, he said, “Why do you want to take my photo?” “Because you are the only Republican here,” I said. That’s what bought out the grin!
- the group carrying the big planet was followed by a group carrying a painted tarpaulin which they used to throw two large balls into the air. When they did the children would run under it screaming and having a ball…so of course I had to get in there too and take a shot upwards.
- everyone was polite and calm. I did not see anyone get testy or hear one negative word spoken, despite the press of people and the delays.
Crowd shots to show the mass of people, portraits to catch the human element—I hope you enjoy them all.
Before viewing the photographs, I would also like to invite you to visit the poetry blog, the Book of Pain. As always, special thanks to my dearest Lyn, She Of Great Taste In All Things But Men, who does most of the photo selection. Thank you for dropping by the Book of Bokeh.
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