Alarmed and angered by the Trump administration’s sustained assault on the environment, more than 100,000 protestors—including actor Leonardo DiCaprio, entrepreneur Richard Branson and former Vice President Al Gore—surrounded the White House, demanding that the President rethink his policies and plans meant to reverse the progress America has made on climate change under President Obama. President Trump was inside the White House during the march, on his 100th day in office.
“I’ve seen firsthand the impacts of climate change to not only the Gulf of Maine, but also to our evolving fisheries, and to the coastal communities that depend upon them,” lobsterman Richard Nelson of Friendship, Maine told the Guardian.
Hundreds of sister marches and rallies were held around the United States, including in Seattle, Boston, San Francisco and New York, outside Trump Tower along Fifth Ave. Similar demonstrations took place in Britain, Europe and Australia.
“There has been devastating news on climate coming out of the White House and Congress, and a lot of people are really angry,” said the executive director of 350.org, May Boeve, an environmental advocacy group that helped plan the march. “We can’t deny that is a big part of it. But we want to make a distinction between anger and resolve.”
Meanwhile, Trump continues to push hard to expand oil drilling and he pledged to cut funding for environmental science and the Environmental Protection Agency in his proposed “skinny” budget.