The Peoples Climate Marches in dozens of cities including the U.S. capital brought tens of thousands of protesters out to voice concern over climate change, and marking the 100th day of Donald Trump's presidency. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: For the second time in a month, thousands of protesters turn out in Washington on Saturday (April 29) to voice concern over climate change in a mass demonstration marking the 100th day of Donald Trump's presidency. The Peoples Climate Marches in dozens of cities including the U.S. capital, are part of a broader effort to build momentum behind candidates with strong environmental records for next year's midterm elections and the 2020 presidential race, organizers said. "We're using this as a tactic to advance the strategy of building enough power to win on climate over the course of the long haul," said Paul Getsos, national coordinator for the Peoples Climate Movement. Sponsors of Saturday's events include labour unions, the Sierra Club and civil rights groups. As a side theme, marchers will protest Trump's crackdown on illegal immigrants and other issues championed by the maverick Republican billionaire. Since Trump's inauguration on Jan. 20, there have been national protests focussed on issues ranging from abortion rights to immigration and science policy. Last weekend, thousands turned out for the March for Science, a de facto protest against what activists call a denial in Trump's Washington of evidence-based science. Trump's administration is considering withdrawing from the Paris Agreement, which more than 190 countries signed in hopes of curbing global warming. Trump has also proposed deep cuts for the Environmental Protection Agency. In his campaign, Trump called climate change a hoax. Last month he kept a promise to the coal industry by undoing climate-change rules put in place by his predecessor, Democrat Barack Obama.