Press Release — April 26, 2017

Local Washington, D.C and DMV Communities Gear Up For April 29th Peoples Climate March

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 26, 2017
Contact: Harrison Beck, harrison.beck@peoplesclimate.org


March Begins Near U.S. Capitol on Saturday, April 29

Washington, DC — Communities across Washington, D.C are gearing up for the Peoples Climate March on April 29th to demand economic policy that works for working people and the planet. This Saturday, on the 100th day under the Trump Administration, tens of thousands of people will take to the streets to hold the administration accountable for its attacks on immigrant, Muslim, indigenous and LGBTQIA communities and communities of color, as well as its shortsighted rollback of climate and environmental protections, which leave communities across the U.S. and the world at risk. People are organizing within D.C. and the surrounding areas, representing the full breadth of socioeconomic and cultural diversity of the region; including faith and labor leaders, workers, indigenous peoples, environmental activists, and more, coming together to work for for just solutions to the climate crisis with clear local impact.

“In the face of a federal administration that would rather reap profits than protect people, our communities are rising up,” said Jeremiah Lowery, Climate Justice Organizer with the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, local DC resident. “In Washington, D.C. and around the world, it’s low-income communities, communities of color and workers, who are bearing the brunt of the climate crisis they did the least to contribute. The seas may be rising, but so are we. On April 29th, we’ll join together to resist these assaults on our communities, build bold solutions that tackle climate change and create jobs and rise united with justice truly for all.”

The city is directly in harm’s way with failure to act on climate change. Rising sea levels will affect D.C. faster than anywhere else on the east coast. In less than 30 years, much of the National Mall will be in serious risk of sea level rise, floods and storm. As the Trump administration slashes the budget of the Environmental Protection Agency, and rolls back hard-won protections like the Clean Power Plan, one out of six D.C. children suffer from asthma. These executive orders are a direct assault on communities of color, including African American and Latino communities, who face the highest rates of asthma.

To grow jobs, we need to invest in environmental and climate protections, not divest from them. Nearly 40 percent of small businesses never resume business after disasters. At the same time, the renewable energy sector is growing faster than any other in the country, nearly doubling every few years.

Simply put, D.C. cannot afford to neglect to address environmental and climate protections.

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The Peoples Climate March will begin near the Capitol, travel up Pennsylvania Avenue, and then surround the entire White House Grounds from 15th Street in the East to 17th Street in the West, and Pennsylvania Avenue in the North to Constitution Avenue in the South. The march will close with a post march rally, concert and gathering at the Washington Monument.

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