CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicagoans marked President Donald Trump’s 100th day in office with a protest rally in the Loop and a moment of silence in front of Trump Tower.
And they came out in great numbers, even with the miserable weather, for the People’s Climate March.
“We are not just marching for climate justice; we are marching for all justice,” said one protester.
Many of the speakers’ remarks were directed at the Trump Administration as the President wants fewer regulations hampering business, which, protesters say, is bad for the environment.
“I say bologna!” said John O’Grady, President of the union representing EPA employees. “This administration is not guaranteeing clean air and clean water, they are deconstructing the US EPA [United States Environmental Protection Agency].”
Local activists want more federal protections as well as funding to agencies overseeing air and water quality. Furthermore, they say they are especially concerned about how changes in policy could impact low-income communities and EPA’s Chicago office.
Just one week ago, Trump defended his environmental stance by saying he is “committed to keeping our air and water clean.”
Someone dressed as a polar bear and carried a sign that read, “I love climate change deniers. I find them to be tasty.”
Saturday’s demonstrations are part of a series of rallies that took place across the country.