Asheville residents turned out in scores to show solidarity with the National People’s Climate March on Saturday, April 29. The procession marched through downtown, waving banners and signs, and chanting slogans urging government leaders to recognize climate change data. The marchers, which ranged in age from small children to older residents (and a couple dogs), also featured several people in costume, and a brass band.
The rally began at 10 a.m. in Pack Square with a series of speakers, including Buncombe County Commission Chair Brownie Newman, Asheville City Council candidate Dee Williams, First Nation Elder Sharon Oxendine, and Rev. Thomas Murphy of All Souls Cathedral, among others.
Asheville’s march coincided with rallies across North Carolina and the United States, with simultaneous events occurring in Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Greensboro and Boone, in addition to national gatherings in Washington, D.C. and several other major U.S. cities.
The People’s Climate March was organized across the country in response to the Trump administration’s actions to roll back environmental regulations put in place under former President Barack Obama, as well as the current administration’s skepticism regarding the validity of climate change data, according to the the national event’s website, peoplesclimate.org.
The marches coincide with President Trump’s 100th day in office.
Photos and video by Max Hunt.