Global warming, clean water, fossil fuel: many concerns brought up at Rochester Climate March

Apr 29, 2017

Following last week’s March for Science was the People’s Climate March, which took place in cities nationwide Saturday.

Organizers of the People’s Climate Movement say they don’t agree with many of President Trump’s environmental policies including fossil fuels and pipelines as well as cutting funding for the EPA.

Saturday also marked Trump’s 100th day in office.

In Rochester, protesters gathered with plenty of signs outside of City Hall. Don Zimmer attended with a group of friends and said his biggest environmental concerns were clean water and recycling

"I think people getting involved together is important. It shows spirit, that we care about our earth."

A variety of concerns were brought up in regards to the current state of our climate including the clean air, our national parks and managing wildlife.

For a number of marchers, this was the first rally they've ever attended, the issue that brought them to the streets. Jackie Siwicki was a first time marcher.

"I’ve never done a protest march in all of my 55 years. And this is the most important issue. If we don’t have our earth and we don’t protect our earth and we don’t stop the attacks on our earth, there’s no life."

A sense of urgency vibrated through the crowd, many saying that more policies and practices should have been in place years ago to combat climate change.

Jeanette Schramm is a recent RIT graduate, and another first time marcher who said global warming is her main environmental concern at the moment.

"The amount of carbon dioxide in the air is going to raise the acidity in the seas which affects sea life. And marine life affects all life; it’s just one big domino effect."

Ruth Marchetti was marching with the Catholic Family Center and said climate issues are societal problems just as much as they are environmental.

"On a micro level, often the most polluted sites are in the poorest neighborhoods. On a bigger level, so many of the poorest populations in the world live in very low lying areas that are already being affected by rising waters and climate change, by drought. People who have more resources are able to access food and clean water."

The group marched from City Hall to Washington Square Park in downtown Rochester.