Hagerstown climate march draws over one hundred activists to the area


A climate march drew over one hundred people to the streets of downtown Hagerstown on Sunday afternoon.

The protest comes in the wake of President Trump’s first 100 days in office.

Climate change is on the mind of many across the United States and more specifically in Hagerstown.

“We come here today with hope, with conviction, knowing we’ve won some big victories, but we can also do much better right now,” said Former President and CEO of the NAACP, Ben Jealous.

Demonstrators say they are alarmed at president trump’s so-called attacks on the environment.

“There is no planet b, as some people are saying,” said Hagerstown Resident, Joan Selby.

Some believe that Maryland can lead the fight against climate change, giving examples of the state’s success on issues such as fracking.

“We have actual oil shale’s and we are the first state to ban it, they actually have the oil shale’s,” said Walkersville Resident, Susan Martin.

Others like Karen Czapanskiy say that their primary concern is the generations that come after them.

“We have grandchildren, we have one grandchild. It’s all about global warming, it’s all about the world getting to be a harder place to live in and I don’t want that to happen to him, we have a future to watch out for,” said Maryland Resident, Karen Czapanskiy.

Protestors and activists walked from downtown Hagerstown to City Park all the while chanting and holding signs.

Most say despite temperatures reaching the 80 degrees in Hagerstown, they’ll continue to walk until their voices are heard.

“I think the most important thing for folks to internalize is that we can win,” said Jealous.

Once at City Park, the protesters were joined by Congressman John Delaney who supported them in their fight against climate change.

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