Trump’s 100th Day
May 16, 2017
On President Donald Trump’s 100th day in office, he was welcomed by a flood of marchers. Thousands marched down Pennsylvania Avenue, while hundreds of other marches took place across the United States. Denver protesters bundled up for snow, Chicago’s got out their umbrellas and D.C’s tried their best to stay cool in the sweltering heat. But, no matter the weather they all had gathered for one reason, The People’s Climate March, a demonstration demanding action on climate change.
The Sierra Club’s, a group that helped organize the march, executive director Michael Brune said “Donald Trump can try to stick his head in the sand when it comes to protecting our clean air and water all he wants, but that will never drown out the millions of voices across the country demanding action,”
The marchers are against three main things. Those three things are Trump’s fossil fuel agenda, Anti-climate change politician, and economic and social injustices. When it comes to a climate they’re saying humans can’t control it, developing countries are increasing emissions anyways and regulations increase cost and kill jobs.
Bernie Sanders stated the result it’s hoped comes from the march in a single sentence.”We are gonna have a planet that is healthy and habitable for our children and our grandchildren.”
Several other well-known climate activists took part in the march, including Leonardo DiCaprio and former vice president Al Gore. DiCaprio was spotted in Washington D.C. on the day of the March with indigenous leaders. He held a simple sign that said “Climate Change Is Real” in red and green letters. Many different celebrities gave speeches for the cause.
Other marchers held signs high and recited chants as they went through the streets. Signs had various words across them, from “There’s no Planet B” to “Love your mother” (referring to Mother Earth). Chants such as, “We will not go away, welcome you your hundredth day.” could be heard coming from the crowd.
Overall, more than 200,000 people marched to demand climate action. Many speeches were given, signs held high and chants screamed. Whether or not it caused change is a debate for another day but, either way, people will continue to fight for what they believe in.