Rally Against Climate Denial

Climate and environmental organizations across the country protest for a “Day against Denial.” The day aims to put a stop to climate deniers and fossil fuel advocates among President-Elect Donald Trump’s cabinet.
News 25’s Kendra Turley takes us to the Gulf Coast protest outside of Senator Cochran’s office in Gulfport.
Thousands of people across the country take an ongoing fight to protect the Earth to the streets. Steps Coalition Community Organizer Jennifer Crosslin said, “President-Elect Donald Trump has appointed climate-deniers to the cabinet in some key positions and agencies that regulate the fossil fuel industry.”
A move many climate and environmental advocates describe as catastrophic.
Protesters urged U.S. senators to block Trump’s climate-denial nominees during a nationwide movement called a “Day against Denial.”
Protesters along the Gulf Coast gathered in front of the U.S. District Courthouse in Gulfport hoping to get the message across loud and clear to U.S. Senator Thad Cochran. Protester John Kunellis said, “His legacy could be decided in the next four years. He needs to be very careful to keep Mississippi green and not let Donald Trump define his legacy for him.”
The event served as a stand against Trump’s pick for secretary of state Rex Tillerson, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, and Energy Secretary Rick Perry. Protester Will Watson said, “If every person here called Senator Cochran and Senator Wicker and Representative Palazzo and expressed their opposition to those cabinet nominations, it would freak them out.”
The Senate will hold hearings on Trump’s cabinet nominees starting Tuesday.
Protesters say it’s the Senate’s responsibility to stop these nominations, but it’s the public’s responsibility to make sure their voices are heard. “It just takes a few minutes to call the Senator’s office. It’s very easy and if enough of us do it, we can make a difference,” said Crosslin.

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