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Thousands of protesters, including Mark Ruffalo, join People’s Climate March

I’m here primarily for my children. I want to see the leaders of the world hear the will of the people and begin to implement 100% renewable energy for 100% of the people.

Tens of thousands of protesters — Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo among them — marched Sunday calling for global action on climate change. The two-mile People’s Climate March began at 11:30 a.m., packing Central Park West, Sixth Ave. and concluding at 34th St. and 11th Ave.

Participants came from all backgrounds — environmental activists walked next to indigenous peoples groups, victims of Hurricane Sandy, labor unions and religious groups, to name a few. They pushed a variety of causes, from anti-fracking to opposition of the Keystone pipeline stretching from Canada to the United States.

The march coincides with the city’s climate week, which de Blasio kicked off by announcing a commitment to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 80% of 2005 levels by 2050.

Mark also recorded this video to Amazon Watch while he joined their sunrise ceremony in Central Park to receive blessings from indigenous leaders from around the world who are on the front lines of climate change.