Environmental Activists Plan to March on Washington April 29

The People's Climate March will fall on the Saturday before Trump's 100th day in office.
January 26, 2017, 8:37pm
Photo via Flickr user Elizabeth Stillwell

Thanks to the millions of people who donned pink pussy hats all over the world last Saturday in solidarity with the Women's March on Washington, environmental activists are now organizing a march in order to send their own message to the Trump White House. They've staked out April 29, the Saturday before Trump's 100th day in office, for the People's Climate March.

The march is being steered by 25 different organizations, including the Sierra Club, the NAACP, Service Employees International Union, US Climate Action Network, and the Hip Hop Caucus—which hopefully means that there will be some really great entertainment lined up for the event.

"There is no denying it: Donald Trump's election is a threat to the future of our planet, the safety of our communities, and the health of our families," organizers wrote in a statement. "This new administration is attacking the hard-won protections of our climate, health, and communities, and the rights of people of color, workers, indigenous people, immigrants, women, LGBTQIA, young people, and more."

The announcement comes at the end of a difficult week for both green activists and those working for federal environmental organizations. On Tuesday, Trump signed a pair of executive orders that could advance the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines and then placed a press gag order and grant freeze on the Environmental Protection Agency. A member of his transition efforts also confirmed that the agency's scientific studies would be reviewed and placed on a "temporary hold."

Greenpeace activists responded Wednesday by climbing a 270-foot crane at a construction site near the White House and hanging an enormous banner that read "RESIST." An employee from Badlands National Park also kicked off an apparent Twitter campaign among National Park Service workers, after tweeting out various science and climate change facts from the park's verified account. Official Twitter accounts from Golden Gate, Death Valley, and Redwoods National Park followed the day after.

Now those who sympathize with these climate justice warriors and want to voice their concerns on the way the new administration is handling environmental issues are being encouraged to meet up in DC at the end of April. And if you're not able to make it to that march, there's also a Tax Day March set for April 15 (to demand the president release his tax returns), plans for a National Pride March to coincide with DC's annual Capital Pride celebration June 8–11, and a Juggalo March on Washington September 16.