Men, Women and Children march to the chant of – ‘There is no Planet B’!
A Brief News Commentary by Doug Draper
Posted April 24th, 017 on Niagara At Large
Buffalo, New York – With a mental Neanderthal in the White House – a U.S. president who insists “climate change is “a hoax” and is doing everything possible to shred 50 years of environmental protection legislation – more than 2,000 people from the Western New York and Niagara, Ontario areas joined millions across the continent this April 22nd Earth Day in a “March for Science.”
The Buffalo, New York march was well-attended and ended with a giant rally in the city’s Delaware Park. Those in attendance repeatedly were energized and repeatedly spoke of their determination to use every peaceful and law-abiding means possible to stop Donald Trump gutting environmental protection in ways that puts further at risk the future of the only planet we have to live on for present and future generations.
As they chanted over and over again on their way down the city’s Lincoln Parkway to Delaware Park, ‘There is no planet B!”
Of Trump’s bone-headed approach to the mountains of peer reviewed and approved science around climate change and other environmental threats facing our planet, one representative of the scientific community in America put it this way – “I can’t think of a time where scientists felt the enterprise of science being threatened in the way scientists feel now,” said Naomi Oreskes, a professor of the history of science at Harvard University, who spoke at another rally this Earth Day in Boston, Massachusetts.
Back at the Buffalo rally, one of the participants, Jessica O’Neill, was quoted saying of the turn-out – “It is really heartening to see. … To see all these people out here celebrating science brings hope.”
That is perhaps the one positive thing that Trump has done in the first 100 days of his so-called presidency, is get millions more people than have been since the civil rights and anti-war protests of the 1960s, paying attention to what is going on and getting engaged in doing something about it.
Therein rests the only real hope.
More on this Earth Week in Niagara At Large in the days ahead. Stay Tuned!
For a related Earth Day commentary on Niagara At Large, click on – https://niagaraatlarge.com/2017/04/23/this-earth-day-april-22nd-2017-make-a-vow-to-yourself-to-be-part-of-the-solution/ .
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