Maine People's Climate March Slated as Trump Marks 100 Days
AUGUSTA, Maine – Marches in Maine and across the nation are planned for this weekend to mark President Trump's first 100 days in office and the need for serious action on climate change.
Sophie Halpin, the communications and development coordinator for the Maine Conservation Alliance, will be taking part in the Maine People's Climate March on Saturday morning. She believes this is a critical point for the state's environment and action is needed to address climate change at both the state and federal levels.
"In the first 100 days, President Trump has definitely worked to reverse a lot of climate progress; with the rollback of fuel-economy standards, through cutting the EPA budget, and this kind of threat to pull from the Paris agreement," she explained.
The Maine People's Climate March kicks off at 10 A.M. Saturday morning at the Augusta State House. An hour later, the national People's Climate March will get started in Washington D.C.
Halpin says she will be marching because action is needed to protect Maine's natural resources, health and safety, and, from her perspective, there is just not enough being done.
"Especially in Maine, we're seeing climate change happen in a big way, with the sea-level changes, air pollution in Maine," she said. "You know, they're already starting to change, and we're starting to see the threat here and it's time to act, and that's not what's happening at the federal level."
Halpin says climate change already is having health impacts concerning Maine's already high rate of asthma and tick-borne diseases. New Englanders including young people of color will be traveling to D.C. from Boston to take part in the national People's Climate March.