On April 22nd, Earth Day, the Kid’s Climate March along with the Science March ascended upon MN State Capital to protest Climate Change. Among the 10,000 participants were many from the Northwest Metro suburbs. All were there to show support for science and rally against our government’s anti environmental policies.
The Kids Climate March started in the brisk morning sunshine in the front of the Science Museum. Kids playfully tried on ferry wings and capes hand painted with messages of love, hope and resistance. Parents huddled around them, taking pictures and joining in their contagious upbeat attitude.
Kids from around the cities then took the stage to sing songs of inspiration and protest, sharing personal stories of Climate Change resistance and accomplishments.
With an air of empowerment the young advocates then took to the streets. The Science March fell in line in their ranks, accompanying them in their rally chants. Energy was high and moods were upbeat as passerby’s cheered the young and old on alike.
However, the notes of discord were not to be overlooked or ignored. Marchers were not shy about expressing their true feelings about their state representatives views of Climate Change. Eric Paulson, the House Representative for the NW suburbs, took some of the hardest hit.
After a day such as this, the power of people coming together for a single important cause can not be overlooked. And after the streets empty, the hope and expectation remains that each take the energy back to their communities and neighborhoods. For those in the Northwest Suburbs, we look forward to continued focus as we together, young and old, embrace and help build the climate movement.