Tramel, Salena (November 4, 2014) Social Movements Gain Momentum in the Fight for Climate Justice. Huffington Post. Retrieved November 5, 2014 from .

Upwards of 400,000 people taking to the streets of Manhattan this past September 21, combined with parallel protests around the world, was truly a spectacular scene. Even while energized by the People’s Climate March and subsequent People’s Climate Justice Summit and Tribunal, key organizers in the climate justice movement insist that the real task at hand began when the crowds filtered out in the critical weeks and months leading up to COP global treaty negotiations in Lima this December and in Paris in December 2015.

On Sunday, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released itsSynthesis Report, warning of the “severe, pervasive and irreversible” nature of climate change. While welcoming this sense of urgency, tightly knit coalitions of activists stand firm in the belief that communities on the frontlines of the climate crisis hold the real solutions in turning the rising tides — not the corporate-driven UN agenda.

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