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Climate Rally in Denver

Posted: November 30, 2015 at 3:46 pm by , in Featured, Morning Magazine

“We are all in this together. This makes me feel like I am part of humanity and taking action, not just for myself but for everyone else too.”

To coincide with the climate talks happening in Paris, activists took to the streets in cities around the world to demand action to curb climate change as part of the Global Climate March.

 

An estimated 500 people gathered in Denver’s City Park on Sunday, Nov. 29 as part of a global climate rally on the eve of the United Nations’ meeting in Paris on climate change, known as COP21. Over 2,000 communities around the world held similar rallies on this day and local organizers in Denver said their’s was the fourth largest in the nation, indication of Coloradans concern for climate awareness. This international campaign was spurred on after organizers in Paris were blocked from publicly gathering over security concerns following the terrorist attacks there earlier in the month.

Leanna Stoufer attended the Denver rally, and said climate change is an issue that truly effects everyone and that it is important for her to be present at these rallies, especially on behalf of those in Paris. “We are all in this together. This makes me feel like I am part of humanity and taking action, not just for myself but for everyone else too.”

There were nearly a dozen environmental coalition partners who helped organized the Denver event. Peter Sawtell is the executive director of  Eco-Justice Ministries, and was the main coordinator of the day’s event. Sawtell, along with many others in attendance, said climate change is a global issue and that there is growing momentum for the issue around the world, but the real change begins at the local level.

Activists gathered at City Park in Denver at an event organized by 350 Colorado, Climate Reality Project, Colorado Interfaith Power & Light, Denver Catholic Network and Climate Movement, Eco-Justice Ministries, Environment Colorado, Food & Water Watch, Fossil Fuel Free Denver, Metro Denver Citizen’s Climate Lobby, and Rights for All People.

All Photos © Tony White