Maryknoll, NY – Maryknoll Sisters will be among those faith groups marching in the People’s Climate March on Sunday, September 21, 2014 in New York City. The March will begin at 11:30 a.m. at Columbus Circle and 59th Street, walk down Sixth Avenue to 42nd Street, cross to 11th Avenue and continue to 34th Street, where the March will end.
According to its organizers, a coalition of more than 1,000 organizations, the March is a mass demonstration for climate action which they hope will inspire “action, not words” at the Climate Change Summit, taking place two days later at the United Nations. President Obama and other world leaders will attend the Summit, hosted by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. It is seen as a critical moment to build momentum for a new international climate treaty that countries hope to finalize in Paris next December.
Faith-based groups and those interested in marching with them are asked to begin assembly at 10:30 a.m., on 58th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues. The Dominican Sisters contingency, of which Maryknoll Sisters are a part, will meet at the Subway Restaurant at 314 W 58th Street. The faith-based groups are expected to enter the March around 12:30 p.m.
Founded in 1912, Maryknoll Sisters is the first US-based congregation of women religious dedicated to foreign mission. Working primarily among the poor and marginalized in 24 countries around the world, they now number 459 members from both the US and overseas.