The Source: Weekend Marches And A Climate Summit
Earlier today President Obama stood before the United Nations Climate Summit to reiterate the need for global action on climate change. Citing the hottest summer on record, and increases in violent weather shifts that he said resulted in the flooding of New York under super storm Sandy and the regular flooding of Miami, the President said the effects of climate change were felt now.
"The alarm bells keep ringing. Our citizens keep marching. We cannot pretend we do not hear them." -President Barack Obama
The U.N. Climate Summit began today after two days of protests leading up to the talks. Reportedly nearly 400,000 people peacefully marched in Manhattan on Sunday, making it the largest climate change protest in U.S. history.
While more and more are coming around to the idea that climate change is real and it is man made, will these broad displays of public support have any impact on the summit? What can we expect?
- Joshua Meltzer, Global Economics and Development Fellow at the Brookings Institution
- Dale Bryk, Director of Air & Energy Programs for the Natural Resource Defense Council