This Sunday in New York City, SEIU members are joining hundreds of labor, social justice and environmental justice groups, climate campaigns, immigrant rights groups and others from around the world, aiming to make the People's Climate March the largest march for climate action in world history.
The People's Climate March will take place two days before President Obama and world leaders are scheduled to participate in the United Nations Climate Summit in New York City. On September 21, events will take place around the world, from London to Delhi, making this a truly global demonstration.
"Working families and their communities are among those who will bear the brunt of the impacts of climate change," said SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry. "We've joined the march so that world leaders will hear the voices of working people everywhere who need action on climate change now for the health of their families, their communities and their economies." (Henry will speaking at the march in New York on Sunday.)
Working people -- firefighters, paramedics, nurses, doctors, transit and emergency aid workers -- are our first line of defense when extreme weather caused by climate change hits our communities.
An estimated 70 percent of those hardest hit by climate change will be working people whose low wages can make them exceptionally vulnerable. When climate disaster strikes, they are most likely to bear the brunt and may even become "climate refugees." They lose their homes, their jobs or weeks and weeks of work and pay.