Blog post: March for Environmental Justice

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President Donald Trump’s administrations plan to implement major environmental changes has led to national concern.  His administration is charging ahead with plans to dramatically revamp the EPA. Not only does his plan involve the laying off of thousands of staff, it will eliminate entire programs and make deep cuts to the Office of Research and Development.

President Trump and many of his top aides have expressed skepticism about climate change.  Pruitt had argued on CNBC last month that “measuring with precision human activity on the climate is something very challenging to do and there’s tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact, so no, I would not agree that it’s a primary contributor to the global warming that we see.”

These beliefs have led to some of the changes in the policies of the EPA and even their website.  The EPA climate page at one time boasted that “If you are looking for information on “climate change,” “the greenhouse effect,” or “global warming,” you’ve come to the right place.”  This page is no longer available.  It states that it is being updated to reflect EPA’s new priorities under the Trump administration.  Since the archived EPA climate page noted that recent climate changes cannot be explained by natural causes alone and that human activities have been the dominant cause of Global warming it can be seen why the administration would want to close this page.

Three years ago, thousands of people assembled in New York City for the People’s Climate March.  The event coincided with the world leaders gathering and having a summit on climate action.  This meeting led to the historic pact in Paris to fight climate change, as nations pledged to work together to solve the problem. Developed countries, such as the U.S., and those in Europe, pledged to reduce rates of greenhouse gas pollution in the coming years. Many European countries are on track to achieve their renewable goal. Meanwhile, the U.S. is discussing withdrawing from the climate agreement.

On Saturday April 29th, on the 100th Day of Trump’s administration, Schneider Laboratories Global joined thousands of protesters (estimated 200,000+) in a new Climate March in the nation’s capital, as thousands of others demonstrated in sister marches across the world.  The battle cry for Environmental Justice is loud and resounding.  Let us continue to work and fight to stop climate change, and leave our planet in better shape for future generations.

05/08/2017

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