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Protesters Rise Against Trump’s Environmental Agenda

Nicole Dhar

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Various signs showing support for the environmental movement.

On April 29, the 100th day of Donald Trump’s presidency, around 300,000 protesters resisted together across the United States. During his first 100 days in office Trump has reversed dozens of environmental regulations put in place by Barack Obama and other presidents before him. In the last eight years President Obama put in place and protected our environment through various new plans such as the Clean Power Plan issued to reduce carbon pollution from power plants. It is almost a certainty that Trump will terminate this plan that Obama put into place in 2015.  The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimated that the planet can only stand another five years of emissions at current rates before it would become impossible to keep the global temperature from rising 1.5 degrees Celsius.

“The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make the U.S. manufacturing non-competitive,” Donald Trump tweeted before his campaign. Although he now denies saying this, Trump clearly does not believe or see the consequences that will come from global warming.

Many of his statements show that Trump does not believe in climate change. He has began proposing an irrational energy plan aimed at reviving the coal industry. With this attempt in revival and the cancelled requirements for companies to report emissions of harmful air pollutants, our planet is at risk.

As environmental issues were one of the cornerstones of Obama’s presidency, all his work throughout his eight years will soon be erased unless we do something about it. Although Trump could have a massive effect on climate change and do things that we cannot control, that doesn’t mean there still isn’t a way for us to challenge it and do everything possible to help the environment.

Many people from Austin and other parts of the country are gathered around to challenge his policies for the People’s Climate March & Rally, holding up various posters on big environmental issues such as rising temperatures and sea levels. They also rose to show resistance to our new president who doesn’t believe in science by holding up signs saying “Denial is not a policy,” and “Science is real.”

A website for the People’s Climate Movement has allowed numerous people to share their stories and images to the public. Join your local marches and march for change against the environmental policy we are being deprived of.

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