PORTLAND -- Thousands flooded downtown Portland Sunday afternoon to support the People's Climate March in New York City, which was taking place at the same time.
Gov. John Kitzhaber, along with climate activists, spoke at the rally and march at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. It was one of many similar events in cities across the world.
"The People's Climate March takes place just two days before President Obama and world leaders gather for an emergency Climate Summit at the United Nations," said march spokesman Bobby Hayden. "Marchers and the over 1000 organizations involved in NYC are demanding leaders go beyond rhetoric and commit to bold action at the summit."
According to 350 PDX, a group of climate change activists involved in the march, the time for to address climate change is now.
"Scientists say that action to save our planet in the next year and a half is critical to our survival," the group said on its website. "Across the country, from New York to Portland, OR, the People's Climate March will show that we stand together, demanding a better world for ourselves and for generations to come."
The NYC event was called the largest climate change march ever.