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Activists predict historic New York City march ahead of climate summit

Organizers of the People's Climate March say they expect a large turnout for the Sept. 21 march in New York City ahead of a United Nations summit on climate change. STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images

Labour unions and environmental groups say they expect a huge turnout for a New York City march to draw attention to climate change taking place two days before a United Nations summit on the issue.

Organizers of the New York event, called the People’s Climate March, say similar actions will take place Sept. 21 in other cities, including Rio de Janeiro and Lagos, Nigeria.

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U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited heads of state to a Sept. 23 climate change summit in New York. President Barack Obama is expected to attend.

City Councilman Donovan Richards says “hundreds of thousands of people from around the nation will descend on New York City streets to let our leaders know that we can no longer turn a blind eye to this crisis.

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