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Photos: 20+ Of Our Favorite Signs From The Massive Climate March

By Stephen Gossett in News on Apr 29, 2017 8:22PM

The conditions weren't ideal, but that was also kind of the point.

Several hundreds, if not thousands, of people braved the rainy, nasty weather on Saturday afternoon in Chicago to demonstrate against the environmental policies of President Donald Trump's administration and call for a commitment from Gov. Bruce Rauner to responsible clean energy and jobs.

The People's Climate March—which arrived just one week after the massive March for Science, which fell on Earth Day—saw a huge wave of demonstrators rally in support of stronger conservationist federal policies and against climate-change denialists within the Trump administration, such as Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt.

The EPA, in fact, removed multiple pages from the official agency website relating to climate change and climate science just one day ahead of the march, according to The Hill—further underscoring what opponents view as an attack on climate study.

Protesters gathered at Federal Plaza at around noon. They soon flooded downtown streets as the march made its way to Trump Tower—the de facto focal point of the anti-Trump protests that are now common sights. Chants and signs ranged from the no-nonsense ("Reject Greed") to the whimsical ("Stop destroying the Earth, it's where i get my tacos").

Among other calls, organizers also rallied for a commitment to 100% clean, renewable energy from state lawmakers; availability of clean-energy jobs to all people; and a divestment of Illinois funds from corporations and banks that fund the Dakota Access Pipeline and the Keystone Pipeline.

The rally—which also coincided with Trump's 100th day in office, a traditional measuring-stick date for presidents—was one of hundreds planned around the country. The sister rallies supported what was perhaps the most high-profile and well-attended march, in Washington D.C., which reportedly saw several tens of thousands brave high temps to rally in the nation's capital.

Environmentalists have slammed the Trump administration for a variety of rollback positions, including proposing a budget that would slash EPA funds by nearly one third, lining the environmental agencies with people connected to fossil-fuel industries and attempting to pull back guidelines for power-plant emissions.