People's Climate March: 'This is my earth'

Over a hundred people participate in the march in downtown Rochester.

Posted: Apr 22, 2018 11:27 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn. - The 2018 People's Climate March in Rochester took place on Sunday. It started in Peace Plaza and ended with a family friendly block party at the People's Food Co-Op. 

People used signs, music, song, and marching to show support for living sustainably and for Rochester to transition to 100% renewable energy. 

"It's important. Now is the time to enact change because now we have the ball rolling so we have a lot of power to make a really big difference that will affect future generations," Nikki Paulson of Rochester, said. 

She marched also to gain momentum for a petition asking University of Minnesota Rochester to also switch completely from fossil fuels to renewable, clean energy. 

"If UMR commits, were hoping University of Minnesota Twin Cities will also commit, hopefully spreading awarness," she said. 

While still a student herself, Nikki is marching for students coming after her. 

"If we can commit to renewable energy now, then future generations will benefit as well," she said. 

Deepak Verma is also thinking about generations to come. He marched with his 10 year old son. 

"He may kind of laugh about these rallies but I want to show him it's something important. We're just borrowing the earth right now, it's really for our children," he said. "It's not just coming to this rally, 'woo woo woo go go', it's about after the rally how do we make a change."

Focusing on making strides after the march is on Nikki's mind too. She said people can make little differences every day like saying no to a straw at a resturant to save plastic and bringing reusable grocery bags shopping. 

"This is my earth and I love my earth. And so we want it to continue to be a great place," she said. 

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