On Sunday, over 300,000 people flooded the streets of New York, and hundreds of thousands of people across 150 countries took part in protests dubbed the People’s Climate March.
Ordinary people, veterans of climate changes, newcomers, labor unions, religious groups, medical professionals and elected officials marched alongside hundreds of environmental groups advocating for an end to fossil-fuel dependence, and major reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.
The march attracted leading lights in the environmental movement, most notably former Vice President Al Gore. It drew the secretary general of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, who will preside over this week’s United Nations climate summit meeting. And it included Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York, fresh off his announcement that he was committing the city to an 80 percent reduction in greenhouses gases by 2050.
Why would the mainstream media ignore what is being described as the largest march against climate change in history?
The march was ignored by the Sunday morning news shows, which chose to focus on ISIS and the NFL. Even cable news provided no live coverage of the event despite, it was taking place in New York City where all three networks are either located or has bureaus.
On Tuesday, more than 120 world leaders will convene for the United Nations Climate Summit aimed at galvanizing political will for a new global climate treaty by the end of 2015.