Protestors Flood Wall Street

| 17 Feb 2015 | 01:16

Following the massive march to bring attention to climate change, protestors flocked to Wall Street

One day after a huge climate march uptown, about 3,000 activists on Monday flooded Wall Street to protest what they say is corporate and economic institutions' role in the climate crisis.

The protesters, dressed in blue, rallied in Battery Park before marching to the financial district in Lower Manhattan.

Speakers at the rally included Canadian author-activist Naomi Klein, journalist Chris Hedges and San Francisco writer Rebecca Solnit.

Organizers said in a press release that the sit-in aimed to disrupt business in the financial district by targeting "corporate polluters and those profiting from the fossil fuel industry."

"Two years ago, Superstorm Sandy literally flooded New York's financial district but it didn't faze Wall Street and their drive for the short

term profits that flow from the cooking of the planet," Klein said in a statement.

"Many of us were also involved with Occupy Wall Street," said Michael Premo, an organizer of Flood Wall Street and a Brooklyn-based artist. "Just like the financial crisis, the climate crisis is a product of an underlying political crisis. It's the result of policies that serve the shortsighted interests of the few over the survival and well being of everyone."

On Sunday, tens of thousands of activists participated in the People's Climate March through Manhattan warning that climate change is destroying the Earth.

Organizers said more than 100,000 participated, including actors Mark Ruffalo and Evangeline Lilly.

It was one of many demonstrations around the world urging policymakers to take quick action.