With little hope of federal action, a series of marches and events in 70 countries will focus on climate change’s effects now and the low-income and minority groups bearing the brunt
Fri 7 Sep 2018 09.00 EDT Last modified on Fri 7 Sep 2018 13.39 EDT
Climate change activism has always had the stubbornly tough task of mobilizing the public to confront a slow-moving, largely invisible problem while being stymied by a fantastically wealthy fossil fuel industry and an array of sceptics in politics and the media.
Climate campaigners would, therefore, be forgiven a few moments of despair in the era of Donald Trump. Trump’s election elicited two large public howls from those concerned about climate change – the People’s Climate March and the Science March, held within days of each other in April last year – but any hopes of persuasion have now given way to attritional confrontation and attempts to bypass the administration altogether.
Now a series of marches and other events across 70 countries on Saturday called Rise for Climate Action, is framed as a grassroots movement aimed squarely at spurring local mayors, businesses and state leaders to slash emissions regardless of Trump, with the hope a future president will find the momentum impossible to ignore.