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3,000 Expected To Turn Out For San Diego Climate March On Saturday

April 28, 2017 1:28 p.m.

3,000 Expected To Turn Out For San Diego Climate March On Saturday

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Masada Disenhouse, co-founder, San Diego 350

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Our top story , there is a lot of marching going on in the cities these days. This weekend will be no exception. San Diego is joining in the nationwide people's climate March on Saturday. More than 3000 are expected to attend the rally in waterfront Park to support healthy environments and reject recent federal rollbacks of climate regulations. Joining me is the cofounder of San Diego 350, a group organizing the March. With him to the program.
Thank you.
This is not the first March, is it?
Is the second. We had one in 2014 it was part of a national event. That was the largest one at the time.
That was part of a worldwide event?
Yes it was.
Wended organizers decided it was time for another March?
The people's climate March was planned before the election took place. We see this as a nonpartisan issue that we need to resolve in order to secure the help and press verity of all of us. Regardless of who -- and prosperity of all of us. Regardless of who was elected, we need to deal with this immediately.
Would be fair to say that the president's administration has ratcheted up that sense of urgency?
Absolutely. He is talking about flashing the EPA budget by 30s -- 30%. We need to be going in the exact opposite direction to solve the problem.
The main march is Washington DC. What is the message of the March?
It is that we need a safe and healthy planet to live on and that we, as the people who live in this country, have the ability and responsibility to take action to make sure that our elected leaders are doing what is best for us and not the fossil fuel industry.
One of the mottos on the website is climate jobs and justice. You think I would -- do you see a link?
Yes. One reason is because I think the corporate interests that are standing in the way of getting good policies on climate are the same interest to stand in the way of workers rights of immigrants -- immigrants rights and women's rights. Also, we need to move forward in a way where we transition to clean energy in a way that is just. Right now the people who suffer the most, the ones that we're seeing all -- already are low income and communities of color. We need to move forward in a way that promotes equity in the basic things that we depend on like clean air and water for everybody.
California in San Diego are already leaders. What will you be ordered -- urging local leaders to do?
We have not scratch the surface. There are many more things we could do. California is still the third or fourth largest oil extracting state. We have half of our commissions coming from transportation. Those issues, we haven't figured out how to move past that. I think, what we are demanding is that leaders take the long view and figure out where we need to be in 30 or 40 years and start moving in that direction in an aggressive fashion. The longer we wait, the harder it will be to reach those targets in the more drastic the changes will have to be.
Some activists say that even with an administration that is not necessarily in support of climate action, the green economy is getting too strong to turn around. You agree?
I think it has made huge strides and they are likely to continue with that. I think it is unlikely that call will come back. I think we should be looking at ways where we can find people who worked in the coal industry for fossil fuel industries good paying jobs moving forward. I also think that it is not moving fast enough. We are making big strides locally when electricity and moving that to renewable but even there, they have stood in the way of -- of moving rooftop solar. Transportation is a big problem. A speaker at the March will be Fletcher. She will talk about her bill to restructure so that we can be more accountable and successful in reduce greenhouse gas problems.
What else will happen at the March?
First, let me say that the March is going to take place tomorrow, Saturday at 10 AM. We will meet at waterfront Park which is at 1600, Saturday at 10 AM. We will meet at waterfront Park which is at 1600 Pacific Hwy. in San Diego. We're going to gather their and have some great local music and great speakers. Then we will take a 1 mile march and come back to them Park and have a few more speakers and music. Additionally we will have a kid zone through they will be able to have activities. We will have a bike corral. You can leave them in a safe place while you they March. We will also have tables for partner organizations so that people can find out what they are doing and how they can get involved in that. We will also have artwork. A lot of volunteers have been putting together power shoot banners and butterflies and puppets. We will be able to have a bold statement about what we're trying to achieve. Thank you.
Thank you very much.