Broad Coalition Unites for Climate Justice March
Thursday, October 15, 2015
SEATTLE – A demonstration in Seattle Wednesday drew greater attention to the people that environmental advocacy groups say are most affected by climate change.
Holding colorful signs and banners, hundreds gathered at City Hall and then marched to Occidental Park for a rally.
Organizer Fernando Mejia with the democracy advocacy group OneAmerica says the event was to elevate the voices of communities on the front lines and demand action on climate change.
"Because when you think about who's impacted by this issue, it's usually low-income communities and communities of color and unfortunately we have been left out of the conversation," he points out.
The event was part of the second annual People's Climate Movement with demonstrations held nationwide.
This year's theme of Climate Justice was to bring attention to the ways climate change disproportionately affects the poorest individuals in the world.
Mejia, who also is an immigrant rights advocate, says he felt compelled to take a greater part in the fight against climate change.
"This past summer we had a lot of issues with fires and the drought, so that had a direct impact on those communities,” he explains. “Many of our members are working the fields, and as a result of that they're directly getting exposed to pollution. "
Mejia says now is the time to take action.
"So right now, whatever we do as a community, as a nation, as a country is going to have an impact in the next 10, 20, 30 years,” he states.
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