Energized crowds are expected to take to the streets nationwide on Saturday, President Donald Trump’s 100th day in office, to protest the administration’s regressive environmental policies and stand up for the climate, clean energy jobs, and a fossil-free future.
The Peoples Climate March in Washington, D.C. will feature speakers including a pastor from South Carolina, a nurse affected by Hurricane Sandy, an Indigenous community leader from the Gulf Coast, a student activist from Las Vegas, an Iraq war veteran, a Muslim imam, a local community activist, a labor leader, and a young advocate for low-income communities.
Solidarity and sister marches are planned around the country and the world; as of Saturday morning, events had already gotten underway in Denmark, the Philippines, and elsewhere.
In the U.S., the marches were preceded by a week of action that saw the introduction of ambitious clean energy legislation in Congress; a rally bringing together Indigenous, Black, and Latino communities; and pledges of intersectional support between the labor and climate movements.
“This march grew out of the relationship-building among some of the country’s most important progressive organizations and movements,” said Paul Getsos, national coordinator for the Peoples Climate Movement, who noted the march “was planned before the election as a strategic moment to continue to build power to move our leaders to act on climate while creating family-sustaining jobs, investing in frontline and indigenous communities, and protecting workers who will be impacted by the transition to a new clean and renewable energy economy.”
Under Trump, however, the call has taken on new urgency as his climate-denying cabinet moves to dismantle critical environmental and public health protections while propping up dirty energy like coal and Big Oil.
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