DENVER – A little change in weather did not stop hundreds in Denver from joining the nationwide People’s Climate March on Saturday.
The local protest, led by indigenous leaders and youth activists, focused on climate change and those most directly affected by it.
At one point during the march, protesters lined up to form the shape of thermometer with a line at 2 degrees Celsius, representing the average global rise in temperature that the planet can withstand before experiencing the most destructive and dangerous effects of climate change.
“The science of climate change is irrefutable, as are the potential consequences of inaction,” said veteran Leia Guccione, with the group Operation Free. “No single threat poses a greater or more enduring danger to both the safety of our men and women in uniform and our nation as a whole.”
The march comes on the same day as President Donald Trump marked his 100th day in office and a day after the Environmental Protect Agency (EPA) removed most climate change information from its website, saying the language was being updated “to reflect the approach of new leadership.”
“This is about our future,” said Tay Anderson, the student body president of Manual High School. “That’s why it’s important that young people get engaged, get active, and vote."
Speakers at the People’s Climate March included Colorado State Representative Joe Salazar, as well as members of the American Indian Movement of Colorado, among others.
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