Thousands of San Diegans hit the streets for 'People's Climate March'

Posted at 11:39 AM, Apr 29, 2017

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Thousands of San Diegans are set to hit the streets Saturday in support of climate marches across the country.

The marches, which coincide with President Donald Trump's 100th day in office, are meant to call out local and national leaders to support climate change policies.

"[The marches] will call on local leaders to support a just and rapid transition to 100 percent clean energy and to oppose federal efforts to roll back climate policies that protect our families," a statement from San Diego's march organizers said.

San Diego's "People's Climate March," at the downtown Waterfront Park, has established the slogan "Health People, Healthy Communities, Health Earth," according to organizers.

Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, councilmember David Alvarez, and Jeffrey Severinghaus, a professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, are set to speak before demonstrators. The event will conclude with entertainment and informational booths at the Waterfront Park.

"Today, Donald Trump’s election threatens the future of our planet, the safety of our communities, and the health of our families," the event's website reads. "We will march for our families, air, water, and land. We will march for clean energy jobs and climate justice."

President Trump has been criticized by environmental advocates for his policies toward climate change. The President signed an executive order earlier this year meant to curb the enforcement of various climate regulations put in place by former President Barack Obama. The Trump administration says the order prioritizes American jobs above addressing climate change.