Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

N.J. Groups Joining Climate-Change March

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

N.J. Groups Joining Climate-Change March

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Tens of thousands of people, including a large contingent from New Jersey, are expected to march through Manhattan on Sunday to demand worldwide action to stem global warming.

The People's Climate March comes two days before world leaders, including President Obama, are set to gather at the United Nations to address climate change, cut back on fossil fuels and invest in renewable energy.

"The idea is to make the biggest spectacle possible to tell leaders that bold, decisive action needs to take place," said Rosemary Dreger Carey, an environmental activist from Bergen County who is organizing New Jersey's turnout for the march.

Carey and other activists, who held a news conference in Jersey City on Thursday to promote the event, expect as many as 5,000 New Jerseyans to participate in the march. There are 30 buses chartered by environmental groups in the state. NJ Transit plans to add railcars to trains heading into New York City.

"It really is all about people to stand up and demand action," said David Pringle, campaign director for Clean Water Action. "The science is clear. True clean renewable energy like solar, wind and water are cheaper and safer than fossil fuels."

Precedes U.N. summit

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said he will participate in the march. He called the summit to compel countries to cut emissions. The goal is to limit the rise in global temperature to less than 2 degrees Celsius by the end of the century. Current emission trends would bring a rise of 6 degrees, U.N. officials said.

Driving this is the expected surge in worldwide population, which is estimated to grow by 2 billion over the next 30 years to 9 billion, creating an even higher demand for energy.

The burning of fossil fuels in power plants and vehicles creates a number of emissions including carbon dioxide, which works like a blanket to trap heat in the atmosphere. …

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