A People's Climate March will be held in Duluth on Saturday, in conjunction with more than 250 marches taking place in cities around the world.
Organizers say that the march will "stand up for our communities and climate - for a livable future for all on our common home, the earth. ... The march supports a just transition to a new, clean energy economy that directly and rapidly reduces greenhouse gas and toxic pollution to successfully combat climate change and improve public health."
The Duluth march is set to begin at 1 p.m. Saturday with a rally at Leif Erikson Park, then head down the Lakewalk to Lake Place Park. A gathering to close the march will include information about ways to take climate action at the local, state and federal level.
The march is open to all ages and will be held rain or shine; participants are encouraged to bring signs and banners. It follows the March for Science that drew hundreds of people to Duluth's Lakewalk last Saturday.
This Saturday's event in Duluth will begin at the same time as thousands of people are expected to take part in the main People's Climate March in Washington, D.C. - beginning near the Capitol, surrounding the White House grounds and ending at the Washington Monument. The march is timed to coincide with the 100th day of President Donald Trump's term.
"Around this country, working people understand that we don't have to choose between good jobs and a clean environment; we can and must have both," said Kim Glas, executive director of the BlueGreen Alliance, an organization that aims to unite labor unions and environmental groups. "Together we can tackle climate change in a way that will ensure all Americans have the opportunity to prosper and live in neighborhoods where they can breathe their air and drink their water. We will build a clean economy that leaves no one behind."
Saturday's climate marches have their roots in the People's Climate March held in 2014 in New York, ahead of a United Nations climate summit. That march drew an estimated 311,000 participants, according to the New York Times.