Sunday, April 30, 2017

Climate Protest Takes on Trump's Policies -- and the Heat -- in DC March

Protesters march away from the US Capitol on Saturday in Washington.(Credit: Click to Enlarge.
Protesters backing action on climate change ... braved the sweltering heat Saturday in the nation's capital as part of the People's Climate March.

The march began at 12:30 p.m. near the Capitol, and demonstrators planned to move to the White House and end up at the Washington Monument, according to the proposed route map.

Michele Holmes, from New York's Harlem neighborhood, is one of those activists.  She joined about 200 others who climbed into four buses traveling to 
Washington early Saturday to join in the march.

"Trump is undoing everything Obama did.  He doesn't realize climate change impacts everyone.  It impacts him," Holmes told CNN.  "Change is inevitable, and only we can solve it -- the impact is just changing the way we live."

Temperatures neared 90 degrees Saturday, well above the average high of 71 degrees for April 29, according to

Washington's Fire and Emergency Medical Services said it had received 50 calls as of 4:41 p.m. EDT for medical incidents related to the climate march.  Four people were taken to hospitals.

Hundreds of sister marches were also planned across the United States and around the world. Protesters marched through the snow in Denver.  Demonstrations were held in Boston, New York, Seattle, Chicago, Amsterdam, and London.

Coinciding with Donald Trump's 100th day in office, the protests are taking on the President's environmental policies, which have generally prioritized economic growth over environmental concerns.

During those first 100 days, the Environmental Protection Agency has moved swiftly to roll back Obama-era regulations on fossil fuels while also facing significant planned budget cuts.

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