Patagonia Closes NYC Stores for Climate March

CEO: "We cannot sit idly by"

Sep 19, 2014
Outside Magazine
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Patagonia's New York City stores will close on September 21 so employees can attend the People's Climate March.    Yukiko Matsuoka/Flickr

In advance of what could be the largest climate march in history this Sunday* in New York City, Patagonia CEO Rose Marcario announced that the company’s four New York stores will close for much of the day so employees can participate.

This decision throws Patagonia’s support behind the People’s Climate March goal: to create highly visible public pressure for environmental change before the September 23 UN Climate Summit. This year, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging world leaders to reach a meaningful global agreement on tackling global warming pollution.

“It is the work of this generation to make clear we reject the status quo—a race toward the destruction of our planet and the wild places we play in and love,” Marcario wrote in statement posted on Patagonia’s blog. “We cannot sit idly by … We have to keep the pressure on.”

The march will start on Central Park West at 11:30 a.m. and end on 11th Avenue between 38th and 34th Street. Patagonia’s stores will remain closed until 3 p.m. so the employees can take part. “And I’m looking forward to joining them,” Marcario wrote.

*Correction: An earlier version of this story noted that the march was set to take place Saturday.