Climate Marchers on Trump's 100th Day: 'There's no Planet B'

Tens of thousands joined what organizers say were 300 events in US
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 29, 2017 5:05 PM CDT
Marchers Use Trump's 100th Day to Protest Climate Policies
People gather for a climate rally on Boston Common in Boston, Saturday, April 29, 2017.   (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Thousands of people across the US marched Saturday on President Trump's 100th day in office to demand action on climate change, the AP reports. At the marquee event, the Peoples Climate March in Washington, DC, tens of thousands of demonstrators made their way down Pennsylvania Avenue in sweltering heat. Organizers said about 300 sister marches or rallies were being held around the country, including in Seattle, Boston, and San Francisco. In Chicago, marchers headed to Trump Tower. "We are here because there is no Planet B," the Rev. Mariama White-Hammond of Bethel AME Church told the crowd in Boston. Participants said they're objecting to Trump's rollback of restrictions on mining, oil drilling, and greenhouse gas emissions at coal-fired power plants, among other things.

More than 2,000 people gathered at the Maine State House in Augusta. Speakers included a lobsterman, a solar company owner, and members of the Penobscot Nation tribe. "I've seen firsthand the impacts of climate change to not only the Gulf of Maine, but also to our evolving fisheries, and to the coastal communities that depend upon them," said lobsterman Richard Nelson. A demonstration stretched for several blocks in downtown Tampa, Florida, where marchers said they were concerned about the threat rising seas pose to the city. Some of the marches drew big-name attendees, including Al Gore and Leonardo DiCaprio in the nation's capital and Bernie Sanders in Vermont. "Honored to join Indigenous leaders and native peoples as they fight for climate justice," DiCaprio tweeted. (More climate change stories.)

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