Trump’s 100th day in office was marked by thousands of people taking to the streets. While the President would normally revel in such a gathering, these people came out to march against him and his backwards agenda regarding the environment and climate change.
In Washington, D.C., organizers secured a permit for 100,000 people from the National Park Service. By 1pm today, that mark was far exceeded; organizers have declared that over 200,000 people joined in on the march calling for action on climate change.
To put these marches into a perspective that the President would understand, the number of participants marching in today’s rallies will far exceed the number of people who attended the Trump inauguration. While estimates maintain that between 250,000 and 600,000 people attended the Inauguration, today’s crowd size in D.C. alone may exceed the low end of that estimate.
While the march in Washington, D.C. is supposed to be the largest, Climate Marches are occurring all over the country and world. There are at least 375 planned globally.
— Peoples Climate (@Peoples_Climate) April 29, 2017
Per ABC News:
The event aims to pressure leaders to act on climate change while creating family-sustaining jobs, investing in front-line and indigenous communities and protecting workers who would be affected by the transition to a clean, renewable energy economy.
In front of the WH, a different 100 day message for Pres. Trump: "Resistance is here to stay, welcome to your 100th day" protesters chant pic.twitter.com/CGHc07iOgk
— Nicholas Fandos (@npfandos) April 29, 2017
In a fitting, albeit unfortunate, circumstance, the U.S. capital hit record-breaking temperatures at 91 degrees for the march. Even the overnight temperature in D.C. last night was a record, never falling below 70 degrees.
— Peter Gleick (@PeterGleick) April 29, 2017
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) April 29, 2017
Per New York Magazine:
President Trump and many in his administration and the Republican Party don’t believe that the accelerating change of the planet’s climate is being driven by human activity, despite that being the consensus conclusion of the scientific community and most world governments. Indeed, in his first 100 days in office, President Trump and his allies have sought to undo as many of President Obama’s efforts to combat climate change as they could, and Trump’s choice to head the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, is a longtime denier of human-driven climate change who has spent much of his political career fighting EPA efforts to regulate fossil fuel emissions. (He also doesn’t believe carbon dioxide is a primary driver of global warming.)
If Trump thought that he could get away with decimating the environment to benefit his rich friends in the oil industry, today’s march – along with various others – is proof that he will not. The entire world is not only watching, but standing – marching, even – for what is right. Trump’s presidency is nothing more than a minor stumble in the fight to reverse the dangerous trends of climate change and save our planet.
Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.