By Sarah Peruzzi
Last Saturday, April 29, on Donald Trump’s 100th day in office, a few thousand protestors braved a cold wet snow in Denver, Colorado to fight what many believe is the dismantling of decades of environmental protections. Outdoors activists and well-swaddled kids—many of whom were rallied to attend the People’s Climate March by the nonprofit Protect Our Winters (POW)—chanted in unison “We resist. We build. We rise.
The Denver march was one of more than 300 sister marches across the country and around the world that POW helped recruit protestors for. Marchers held signs addressing a variety of concerns, from contempt of the Trump administration’s anti-science, anti-renewables, and pro-dirty coal, pro unregulated drilling stances, to water contamination, and of course climate change. Among the throng were skiers, local fracking opponents, and concerned climate scientists. Despite the diverse causes represented, the People’s Climate March carried a clear and unified purpose and sense of urgency: to drown out the din of climate change deniers and their apologists. Manmade climate change is not fake news or even news anymore; it’s scientific fact.