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Bill Nye speaks at NYC climate change march

On the eve of a global climate summit in Paris, activists in New York urged a strong fight against global warming Sunday.

About 5,000 people participated in the march that kicked off from City Hall, according to organizers.

“The climate is changing. It’s our fault, and we have to get to work on this now,” said Bill Nye, the science educator known as the “Science Guy,” noting that the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has nearly doubled since the advent of the steam engine.

“The most important greenhouse gas has almost doubled in less than two centuries,” he said. “As long as we each focus only on our individual decisions and their short-term consequences, we will act like renters, not owners of this Earth.”

Advocates pushed for countries to adopt binding targets for emissions reduction, require that industrial polluters help developing countries contend with climate change, and lower the target cap for global temperature increase — from 2 degrees celsius to 1.5 degrees. Locally, they want the city use 100% clean, renewable energy by 2030.

The march was part of a worldwide day of action where hundreds of thousands held climate protests in cities worldwide.

Policemen fight with activists during a protest ahead of the 2015 Paris Climate Conference at the place de la Republique, in Paris, Sunday.Laurent Cipriani/AP

Policemen fight with activists during a protest ahead of the 2015 Paris Climate Conference at the place de la Republique, in Paris, Sunday.

A march planned for Paris, where world leaders will convene for the summit, was banned by authorities due to security concerns after recent terrorist attacks there. Instead, organizers laid out thousands of shoes to symbolize those who were not allowed to march. There were violent clashes between some protesters and police Sunday.

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