No "Plan B" for climate action as no "Planet B"

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon joins New York City Mayor, Bill de Blasio and French sustainable development Minister Ségolène Royal on the People’s Climate March, 21 September 2014
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There is no "Plan B" for action to reduce climate change as there is no "Planet B" according to the UN Secretary-General.

Ban Ki-Moon made the comment as he joined over 100,000 demonstrators on the People's Climate March through New York on Sunday.

Politicians, celebrities, activists and the general public marched though the city to highlight global concerns about a lack of international action to stop climate change.

Mr Ban called on the world to commit to meaningful action.

"There is no Plan B" because we do not have a "Planet B." We have to work and galvanize our action. Thanks you for your action and your power to change."

The People's Climate March is taking place two days before a summit, convened by Mr Ban at UN headquarters.

The summit will bring together over 120 heads of state and government in order to build momentum for a global agreement on tackling climate change.

It's hoped a deal will be reached in Paris, France next year.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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