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How The 'People's Climate March' Could Translate Into Political Action11:24
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Demonstrators make their way down Sixth Avenue in New York during the People's Climate March Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. (Jason DeCrow/AP)MoreCloseclosemore
Demonstrators make their way down Sixth Avenue in New York during the People's Climate March Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. (Jason DeCrow/AP)

In New York City Tuesday, more than 120 world leaders gathered to talk about emissions reductions and work toward a new climate treaty.

"Yes, this is hard. But there should be no question that the United States of America is stepping up to the plate," said President Obama Tuesday at the summit. "We recognize our role in creating this problem, we embrace our responsibility to combat it."

Weighing on the summit was what some have called the largest rally about any issue in the United States since the 2003 protests against the War in Iraq. An estimated 300,000 to 400,000 people gathered in New York City Sunday to demand that political leaders act more quickly to reduce carbon emissions and fight against global warming.

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Hahrie Han, associate professor of political science at Wellesley University and author of "How Organizations Develop Activists: Civic Associations and Leadership in the 21st Century." She's also a founding member of Mothers Out Front. She tweets @hahriehan.

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This segment aired on September 23, 2014.

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