Apr 29, 2017
From coast to coast and across continents, people marched for environmental justice on Saturday, sending a clear message to the climate-denying Trump administration: we'll fight your fossil fuel-soaked agenda every step of the way.
Organizers said that an estimated 200,000 participated in the flagship Peoples Climate March in Washington, D.C., while tens of thousands more demonstrated at more than 350 solidarity events in cities across the United States as well as in Asia and Europe.
\u201cOfficial #climatemarch crowd estimate: one hell of a lot of people\u201d— Bill McKibben (@Bill McKibben) 1493484046
According to a press statement from the Peoples Climate Movement, by 1:00pm, the D.C. march "had clearly exceeded" its permitted space by over a dozen blocks. By 2:00pm, "organizers had succeeded in their goal of completely surrounding the White House," read a subsequent statement. "Marchers sat down in the streets in a silent sit-in to recognize the damage caused by the Trump administration over the last 100 days and those who are losing their lives to the climate crisis."
"Six months ago, my kids woke up to half a foot of water in our living room," said Cherri Foytlin, director of BOLD Louisiana and spokesperson for the Indigenous Environmental Network. "Now, [President Donald] Trump wants to open up the Gulf Coast to even more offshore drilling. But we have a message for him: we are not afraid, and we will not stop fighting. With 100 and 500 year storms now coming every year, we are fighting for our lives."
Below, some photos and video from the day thus far:
\u201cThe #ClimateMarch in Washington DC is moving through the streets, and it is HUGE.\u201d— 350 dot org (@350 dot org) 1493485572
\u201cAmazing signs here at the Fossil Fuel Resistance bloc! We will #resist the climate denier trio of Trump, Pruitt, Tillerson. #climatemarch\u201d— Sierra Club (@Sierra Club) 1493482212
\u201cI'm blown away by the turnout. To put this many people in the streets 2 weekends in a row really shows the strength of our movement!\u201d— Jamie Henn (@Jamie Henn) 1493489261
\u201c"Donald Trump" tees up planet \ud83c\udf0f #climatemarch\u201d— Chris D'Angelo (@Chris D'Angelo) 1493479611
\u201cThousands of people participating in a mass sit in from the White House to the Capital. #ClimateMarch\u201d— Greenpeace USA (@Greenpeace USA) 1493489134
\u201c.@UCSUSA @500womensci @GeoffreySupran @_APloy @SciNetUCS @KHayhoe @MichaelEMann @350 @Peoples_Climate @EPA @WhiteHouse @BillNye @webmz_ @j_zelikova @GretchenTG This is beautiful. The #climatemarch has surrounded the White House. All power to all people! \u270a\ufe0f\u270a\ud83c\udffb\u270a\ud83c\udffc\u270a\ud83c\udffd\u270a\ud83c\udffe\u270a\ud83c\udfff @Peoples_Climate @350\u201d— Dr. Lucky Tran (@Dr. Lucky Tran) 1493483745
\u201cToday, we went to #ClimateMarch and this was my sign.\u201d— Jonathan Barnes (@Jonathan Barnes) 1493496106
\u201cTrump is unfit to be president. #climatemarch #resist\u201d— Oil Change International (@Oil Change International) 1493489843
\u201cOn the march for climate, jobs, and justice in #Pittsburgh! #PghClimateMarch #PeoplesClimate\u201d— Neal Bisno (@Neal Bisno) 1493477911
\u201cRaining in Chicago, snowing in Denver, sweltering in DC\u2014but nothing can stop this people power. We resist, we build, we rise. #ClimateMarch\u201d— Power Shift Network \u270a\ud83c\udffe\ud83c\udff3\ufe0f\u200d\ud83c\udf08 \ud83e\udeb6 (@Power Shift Network \u270a\ud83c\udffe\ud83c\udff3\ufe0f\u200d\ud83c\udf08 \ud83e\udeb6) 1493486307
\u201cNurses have signs & marching shoes ready this #SaturdayMorning from coast to coast #ClimateMarch in Augusta, Maine #OurPlanetOurHealth\u201d— RoseAnn DeMoro (@RoseAnn DeMoro) 1493480920
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