Area residents will participate in DC People's Climate Movement

Camille Francis
April 29, 2017

Background and History: The People's Climate Movement grew out of the largest climate march in USA history in NY in September of 2014, creating a groundbreaking coalition of green and environmental justice groups, labor unions, faith, students, indigenous peoples and civil rights groups working to advance a climate agenda rooted in economic and racial justice. The march is scheduled to go from the Capitol to the Washington Monument by way of the White House.

Over a dozen Jewish groups and congregations are participating in Saturday's People's Climate March in Washington, D.C. (Outdated, in this case, apparently meaning "accurate but politically inconvenient.") On the plus side, the agency has confirmed plans to keep an archived version of the old site up, even if it's not making it the easiest thing in the world to find. "Withdrawn. Muslim ban? Blocked", the group's website says.

For climate change protesters who can't make it to Washington, there will also be a number of "sister marches" for climate change taking place around the country.

The protest continues the trend of heightened liberal activism since Trump's election, best seen in the Women's March in January and the protests at airports to combat the administration's travel ban.

It's not clear how many people will turn out for Saturday's march in D.C. As of Friday, almost 12,000 people had RSVP'd on Facebook. Notable speakers like Al Gore, Richard Branson and Leonardo DiCaprio are expected to speak at the march held in the nation's capital.

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Michele Holmes, from Harlem, is one of those activists.

"Trump is undoing everything Obama did". It echoes the ideas of the national march, including supporting progress made to stop climate change and challenging the climate of denial at the federal level, Pratt said. "It impacts him", Holmes told CNN. To change everything, we need everyone.

If last weekend's protest march was about science, this weekend it's about people.

The April 29th march comes in response to widespread outrage against President Trump's disastrous anti-climate agenda along with his attacks on health care, immigrants, and programs and policies that improve the lives of all Americans.

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