The biggest climate march in history is happening on Sunday, and Oregon is joining in. Events around the world will bring together hundreds of organizations in a call for action to protect the air, food and water.
Demonstrations are centered in New York City, where a U.N. Climate Summit takes place Tuesday. The gathering in New York is expected to attract over 200-thousand people. Local rallies are planned for several Oregon communities, including Eugene.
Zach Mulholland is with the Eugene chapter of 350.org, which is helping organize Sunday's event. He explains the group's name:
Mulholland: "Climate scientists have said to avoid some of the worst impacts of climate change, we need to stabilize the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere at a level of 350 parts per million. Historically, we were about at 280 parts per million prior to the Industrial Revolution, and we recently passed 400 parts per million."
Mulholland says his organization joins over a thousand groups coming together to demand action to avoid the worst effects of climate change. They hope the Climate Summit results in a meaningful global agreement in 2015.
The People's Climate March in Eugene begins at the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza Sunday at 1:00. Details of the event are here.