On Sunday September 21 2014, Special K and I attended the first international People’s Climate March. It was an event held around the world with a special focus on New York City two days before the U.N. Climate Summit was set to begin. It was organized by 350.org an environmental group founded by writer and activist Bill McKibben. 350 represents the parts per million of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere that scientists say we need to stay at to keep further climate change at bay. Earlier last year there was a point where the parts per million of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere was recorded at 400ppm.
Wikipedia records an estimate of 311,000 people attended the People’s Climate March. There were numerous staging areas for different groups that started at Central Park West at 59th street and went as far as 86th street. Special K and I ended up joining the designated area for the generational groups at around 66th street. Among the participants we marched with were families, the elderly, and students. It was intended to be a peaceful march and it was. I interviewed several people: One of the peacekeeper volunteers, some students, a carpenter, an urban planner and a TV film editor. Join Special K and I as we take you through the march on that humid cloudy day. Enjoy the show.
Listen up (36m45s) :
Other things discussed:
Hegemony – “…is the political, economic, or military predominance or control of one state over others.”
Tesla Battery – “…shouldn’t the government legislate its use?” – Liam
Deliverance / Dueling Banjos
Imagine by John Lennon
Off to the Fromagerie for all types and ages of cheeses. It’s our quarterly trip to the St. Lawrence Market. Charlie is late, but when she does catch up to us, she brings along the specs for several laptops. We invite her over to our place only to discover she’s going to bring her laundry with. We discuss the number of expletives in the film In Bruges and Charlie informs us that Belgium is the Newfoundland of Europe. Who knew? Onions, Hot Cross Buns and how much weight Ninja and Special K are putting on. Toothpicks and tear saving kitchen gadgets like onion goggles. Wind up bunnies and high bouncing balls that do not bounce. Ninja startles small children again and Charlie buys more potatoes. Finally, Ninja is duly impressed by the Mulholland Drive California mandarin oranges.