Staten Islanders march on climate change

Staten Islanders march on climate change
Thomas Altfather Good

By Thomas Altfather Good

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — April 29, 2017. On a unseasonably warm Saturday, hundreds of Islanders assembled in Staten Island’s Midland Beach, a coastal community ravaged by Hurricane Sandy, to demand “Climate Justice” from the Trump Administration.

Workers from several local unions, including CWA Local 1102 and IBEW Local 3, peace and environmental activists, and members of immigrant rights organizations gathered on Staten Island’s boardwalk on Saturday.

The protesters rallied and marched to demand “climate justice” from a president who appears to spend more time lounging in Mar-a-Lago than addressing pressing issues in a meaningful way.

The rally and march took place in an East Shore neighborhood that was ravaged by Hurricane Sandy in 2012, a neighborhood still recovering from a storm whose impact was made worse by rising sea levels and abnormally warm temperatures on the ocean’s surface.

The event was timed to coincide with climate marches held in other cities and was the largest on the Island since the Eric Garner protests of 2014.

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