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People’s Climate March: “A Result of Human Activity”

People marching for environmental justice. 
Credit: Climate Space

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On Saturday, April 29, 2017, more than tens of thousands of individuals gathered in Washington, D.C. to raise awareness and build a resistance movement against destructive climate change policies and attacks on environmental protections.

It was extremely hot day for spring with temperatures reaching 91 degrees in the nation’s capital.  This well-attended climate march fell upon President Trump’s first 100 days in office and symbolized an organized effort to challenge attacks on Environmental Protection Agency’s protections and pro-climate policies.

Climate marchers in D.C.
Credit: Sea Gallery

The mission of the April 29, 2017 People’s Climate March was to organize informed citizens to resist the setbacks of current climate policies established to protect our environment.

All people, regardless of political party, deserve to breathe clean air, and the mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect our health and our environment.  Demonstrators expressed a concern that the current president and his administration are protecting the big corporate polluters and not the American people.

Overall, marchers came to show the world that they care about environmental policies that protect all citizens of the world.

Marchers hold up a gigantic sign.
Credit: Daily Mail

Some supporters of the climate marchers include Pope Francis.   Pope Francis has stated that climate change is real and most of all “a result of human activity,” and that “Reducing greenhouse gases requires honesty, courage and responsibility.”

Most importantly, Pope Francis agrees with the demonstrators at the People’s Climate March that political leaders must be held accountable for their political actions.  Additionally, he believes in hope and states that if we act in an honest way and with love “humanity still has the ability to work together in building our common home (Earth)…truly much can be done!”

Young people can do simple things to reduce climate change and global warming: reducing, reusing and recycling waste; limiting the use of heat and air conditioning; driving less in a car  to cut down on emissions; being active in a pro-environmental political sphere.  Altogether, these will help improve our planet Earth and make a healthier planet for all of us.

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