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Students March for Climate Change

Rallies and marches are being held across the country Saturday as people demand action on climate change. (sierraclub.org)
Rallies and marches are being held across the country Saturday as people demand action on climate change. (sierraclub.org)
April 28, 2017

ST. LOUIS – Residents of Missouri and Kansas are heading to the nation's capital to participate in the People's Climate March on Washington. It's a similar story to what's happening around the country amid continued and growing public demands for action to combat climate disruption.

Mizzou student Mason Brobeck says they're marching for families, and for clean air and water for this generation and those to come.

"We want to have whatever students that are coming into our university to look back and say, 'Wow, I'm really happy that those students thought ahead,' and we are a generation that's going to see some serious effects of climate changes ourselves," he explained.

Brobeck is part of Mizzou Energy Action Coalition, a student group asking the university to join a growing list of colleges around the country that have divested in fossil fuels.

The People's Climate March is being held Saturday in front of the Capitol building. For those who can't make the trip to D.C., other rallies are planned across the country, including in Columbia, St. Louis and Kansas City.

St. Louis University grad student Nick McCreary is going on the trip and says there's been a lot of negativity coming from Washington about the environment, but he feels it's spurred people into action.

"The environment's an issue that's kind of easy to overlook because, really, it's not affecting the majority of Americans right now today," he said. "It's easy to push under the rug. The political climate today is making people upset, and making them care more."

Marchers are asking for immediate reductions in greenhouse-gas and toxic pollution, rules that set up a transition to sustainable energy, and more investments in infrastructure systems from water, transportation and solid waste, to the electrical grid. They also want investment in green building and increased energy efficiency that will create jobs in the public and private sectors.

Veronica Carter, Public News Service - MO