Re-cap from Climate Marches in Asheville, Charleston and South Florida!
This blog was written by Sarah Gilliam, former Communications Coordinator at the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy with contributions from Chris Carnevale, Coastal Climate and Energy Manager, and Alissa Schafer, former Solar Policy & Communications Manager at the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy.
Climate action was in the air on Saturday, April 29th at various climate marches held throughout the Southeast. SACE staff was excited to participate in four sister events this year. Here’s a short re-cap and photos from those events. See SACE’s photo albums from the events on Facebook here and on Flickr here.
Asheville, NC – “from 8th graders to elected officials”
Florida was a busy state all day, with a total of 21 sister marches happening from the panhandle to the keys! SACE staff participated in two marches in South Florida, Fort Lauderdale and Miami, with an estimated 500 marchers in Fort Lauderdale and close to 1,000 in Miami.
Often referred to as “ground zero” for climate change and sea level rise, South Florida has billions of dollars in infrastructure and real estate at risk, currently home to 6 million plus residents in Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties alone. Low income communities are of extra concern with very little public awareness and even less funding available to work towards climate change mitigation and adaptation. With performances, music, speakers, costumes, and signs, South Florida marchers addressed these issues in diverse and unified voices throughout the day. You can watch some of the local new coverage here and here.