April 29 marked President Donald Trump’s 100th day in office, which prompted thousands of people across the world to join together to promote climate protection.
Many Westminster College students attended Salt Lake City’s People’s Climate March, which gave them the chance to take action and raise their voices over an issue they said they strongly believe in.
“I have lived here for three years, and this is the first time I took action to have my voice heard,” said Jordan Romero, a student at Westminster College. “People need to recognize climate change is happening and change from fossil fuel energy to sustainable energy options.”
Many of the students said marches are a good way to raise awareness and form communities over issues they are passionate about.
“I think a big part of these marches is the solidarity and community,” said Alex Veilleux, a senior at University of Utah.
The students, residents of Salt Lake and various organizations joined together with the message of protecting the climate for future generations.
“A new energy infrastructure is what’s needed in this world,” said Julian Carr, a professional skier and the face of Protect Our Winters (POW).
The Green Party of Utah, which is attempting to become a qualified political party was also involved in the march and is looking to provide this new energy infrastructure. The GND is a commitment to get the entire United States on renewable energy by 2030.
Across the world, different branches of the People’s Climate March highlighted the numerous communities—youth, indigenous tribes and immigrants—who will be affected the most, according to Colin Green, the news liaison for the march.
“We can save winter and the many economic and environmental benefits we all depend on by protecting the environment,” POW said.