Sunday, April 30, 2017

Hundreds of thousands climate marchers take to the streets

This is what you see if you go to the EPA's climate change page.

SO THIS is what democracy looks like! We resist! We build! We rise!

While hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets to take part in the People's Climate March, the Trump administration took down the Environmental Protection Agency's webpage on climate change. It is being updated to reflect the views of the new administration.

In the sweltering heat of Washington DC where some estimates put the demonstration at 200,000, in the driving snow of Denver, in the pounding rain of Chicago, to the tropical climes of Hawaii, unpaid people raised their concern that the current leadership is not convinced that 95 percent of climate scientists are right when they say man is accelerating the changing climate conditions around te planet - from the massive record-breaking storms and extreme drought to the melting snowcaps.

Trump has said he thought the climate change debate was a hoax perpetuated by China. He appointed Scott Pruitt, a climate-change denier, to head up the EPA, an agency that he despises and sued a dozen times as the Oklahoma attorney general.

Some of the marchers tried to connect to the EPA website on climate change after the administration's actions were made Friday.

“As EPA renews its commitment to h
uman health and clean air, land and water, our website needs to reflect the views of the leadership of the agency,” JP Freire, an associate administrator for public affairs, told the Guardian.

Previously, the website housed data on greenhouse gas emissions from large polluters and reports on the effects of climate change and its impact on human health.

“We want to eliminate confusion,” Freire said, “by removing outdated language first and making room to discuss how we’re protecting the environment and human health by partnering with states and working within the law.”

Climate change information gathered by previous administrations can still be accessed through some links.

Also on Friday, Trump opened up the Alaskan tundra and the ocean floor off the Eastern Seaboard for drilling.

In Washington DC, marchers surrounded the White House and for a few minutes, imitated the sound of their heart by tapping on their chests. Trump was reportedly still in side the residence. They marched to the rallying point at the Washington Monument.

Besides Washington DC, there were over 300 marches held around the world.

Around the world, people marched to bring attention to the need to address climate change.

Marchers in Los Angeles

Marchers in Hawaii protested the actions of the Trump administration on the environment.

For more photos, videos and articles from Saturday's People's Climate March, click here.

Drink some water and use Sunday to rest – because on Monday we need to show up for workers and immigrants walking out into the street on May Day, say organizers of the People's Climate March. 

There are lots of organizations hosting actions near you, including Beyond the Moment and Reform Immigration for America. Check them out.