Sunday, 30 April 2017

Donald Trump's 100 days in office to be marked by worldwide climate change protests

Updated 13 minutes ago

As US President Donald Trump marks his 100th day in the White House, thousands of people have turned out in Washington to protest his climate change policies.

Key points:

  • As a side theme, marchers will protest Mr Trump's crackdown on illegal immigrants
  • Last weekend, thousands turned out for March for Science
  • Mr Trump's representatives had no immediate comment on the planned protest
Around 15,000 people gathered for the afternoon march from the lawn of the US Capitol to the White House, according to an estimate by a Reuters reporter, coinciding with the end of the traditional "honeymoon" period for a new president.
Carrying signs emblazoned with slogans such as "Imagine a world free a climate change", and "Planet over profits", demonstrators on Saturday (local time) said they were angered by the prospect of Mr Trump carrying through on his vow to roll back protections put in place by his predecessors.

"We're going to rise up and let them know that we're sick and tired of seeing our children die of asthma," Reverend Leo Woodberry of Florence, South Carolina, said.
"We're sick and tired of seeing people with cancer because of coal ash ponds. We're sick and tired of seeing sea-level rise."
The Trump administration is considering withdrawing from the Paris Agreement, which more than 190 countries including the United States signed in hopes of curbing global warming. Mr Trump has also proposed deep cuts for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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As marchers took to the street, the EPA website underwent a makeover to reflect the views of the Trump administration.
In January, EPA sources told Reuters that administration officials had asked the agency to take down the climate change page — which included links to scientific research, data and trends related to the causes and effects of climate change.
In his campaign, Mr Trump called climate change a hoax. Last month he kept a promise to the coal industry by undoing climate change rules put in place by his predecessor Barack Obama.
Tom McGettrick, 57, an electrical engineer who drove up from the Florida Keys to attend the march, said his main concern was the weakening of the EPA.
"Forty years of environmental protection has done wonders for the environment, especially in the Midwest," said Mr McGettrick, who spent most of his life in Michigan.
"When I was a teenager and went to Lake Erie, it was one of the most polluted bodies of water in the country.
"Now when you go to Lake Erie it's really beautiful."

In Washington, DC, large crowds made their way down Pennsylvania Avenue in sweltering heat. They planned to encircle the White House.
In Boston, a crowd gathered in public park in downtown. Marchers carried signs with slogans such as "Dump Trump".
Some of the marches drew big-name attendees, including former vice-president Al Gore and actor Leonardo DiCaprio in the nation's capital and Vermont senator Bernie Sanders at a Montpelier event.
"Honoured to join Indigenous leaders and native peoples as they fight for climate justice," DiCaprio tweeted.
In Augusta, Maine, protesters outside the statehouse said they wanted to draw attention to the damage climate change can cause marginalised communities.
A demonstration stretched for several blocks in downtown Tampa, Florida, where marchers said they were concerned about the threat rising seas pose to the city.

Protests a defining feature in Trump's first 100 days

Saturday's march was part of an effort to build support for candidates with strong environmental records in the run-up to next year's midterm elections and the 2020 presidential race, organizers said.
"We're using this as a tactic to advance the strategy of building enough power to win on climate over the course of the long haul," said national coordinator Paul Getsos.
Since Mr Trump's inauguration on January 20, there have been national protests focused on issues ranging from abortion rights to immigration and science policy.
Myron Ebell, a climate change skeptic at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a libertarian think tank, said the march would have little impact on the administration.
"The real decisions are made in this country in elections, and we have now a president and a House and a Senate that are determined to pursue a pro-energy agenda," he said.
Trump representatives had no immediate comment on the protest.
Dozens of "sister" marches are planned for other North America locales, from Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, to Dutch Harbor in Alaska's Aleutian Islands. Overseas, about three dozen events range from a protest in Vienna to marches in Hobart and on the Gold Coast.


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