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Local Advocates Join Marchers in New York Before UN Climate Summit

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Up to a half-million people concerned about climate change will converge on New York City Sunday. A few busloads are motoring in from Milwaukee.

This will be Alex Molzahn’s first experience marching in New York City. But the UWM freshman is convinced that climate change deserves attention. Molzahn says his conviction too root, when he was a Boy Scout.

“Because that’s when I started going outside, camping – seeing the beauty of nature. See these beautiful wilderness areas,” Molzahn syas.

Molzahn decided he had to do more than love camping and tramping around places like the Apostle Islands. So he’ll board a bus Saturday afternoon, march Sunday in New York and then head back to classes Monday morning.

Julie Enslow experienced her first march in 1982, her young daughter in tow. The issue then was nuclear disarmament

“Over a million people gathered in New York at the time of a UN meeting; here we are again in 2014 with another incredible crisis on our hands that needs tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of people in the streets in order to really draw attention to this and draw attention to this and try to get some action from our world leaders,” Enslow says.

Devon Cupery helped organize the buses that will head out from Milwaukee. She says her motivation is simple.

“I care about our future. We live on an incredibly beautiful planet and I want to protect it,” Cupery says.

Organizers of the People’s Climate March scheduled it to coincide with a climate summit, slated to begin at the United Nations. Although the UN meeting is not expected to result in groundbreaking mandates to curb emissions, marchers mean to create a significant stir.

Listen to a longer version of Susan Bence's conversation with the advocates:

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A chat with Julie Enslow, Alex Molzahn, George Martin, Devon Cupery, Wendell Harris and Terry Wiggins.

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The bus heading for New York City.

Susan Bence entered broadcasting in an untraditional way. After years of avid public radio listening, Susan returned to school and earned a bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She interned for WUWM News and worked with the Lake Effect team, before being hired full-time as a WUWM News reporter / producer.
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