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People's Climate March Draws Thousands Across Bay Area

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    President Donald Trump plans to holding a rally to mark his 100th day in the White House, but thousands of people around the United States, including the Bay Area, marked the day by marching on behalf of climate change. Thom Jensen reports.

    (Published Saturday, April 29, 2017)

    President Donald Trump on Saturday held a rally to mark his 100th day in the White House, but thousands of people around the United States marked the day by marching on behalf of climate change.

    The largest People's Climate March was expected in Washington D.C., but the Bay Area refused to be left behind. 

    In Oakland, crowds gathered at Lake Merritt, starting at 11 a.m. Saturday. Those in attendance, including more than 75 local organizations that work in the fields of environmental, social and economic justice, urged the Trump administration to take the threat of climate change seriously.

    "I feel like the science is pretty clear and we have an entire planet that's in jeopardy in essence," David Menninger of Berkeley said. "We're going to be seeing a lot of the effects of that impacting people all over the world."

    During his run on the campaign trail and time in the White House, Trump has called climate change a hoax. He has also pulled back restrictions for greenhouse gas emissions at coal-fired power plants and, among other controversial environment-related decisions, signed an executive order designed to expand oil drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans.

    Attendees marching around the lake in Oakland hoisted a bevvy of signs directed at Trump's environmental stance. Some of those signs read "Make Mother Nature Great Again" and "The Future is Ours But We Have to Planet."

    Meanwhile, people in the South Bay decided to march for climate, jobs and justice in San Jose. The group convened at City Hall and walked to Cesar Chavez Plaza.

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