The People’s Climate March took place in the streets of the nation’s capital on Saturday, but the protest wasn’t just about climate. Protesters marched in the name of science and the environment, but they also marched for native Americans, the minimum wage, and more than anything against President Donald Trump.
1. The front of the march.
Here’s what the front of the People’s Climate March looked like. Streets were shut down to accommodate the protest, which started right outside the Newseum in Washington, D.C. You can also see the U.S. Capitol in the background.
2. Trojan oil drum.
Activists moved a “Trojan oil drum” on wheels toward the White House. A clever idea, but the whole “climate activists inside” really gives away the trick.
3. Make the Climate Great Again.
This Trump-style slogan appeared across the People’s Climate March, with variations like “Make the Planet Great Again” and “Make the Climate Great Again.” The twist on Trump’s slogan got a bit tiresome, but some of them were clever.
4. The giant globe.
Here is one of a few giant globes which made an appearance throughout the People’s Climate March.
5. Bill Nye quote.
Bill Nye “the science guy” (or perhaps “the vagina guy”) is still considered a celebrity among climate change activists, and his image came up throughout the People’s Climate March. This particular sign is rather impressive.
6. A tide is coming for Trump?
This young protester held a sign warning Trump that rising sea levels will “drown you out.” His sign is a great example of the anti-Trump sentiment that pervaded the march, even when the messages were not so closely focused on the environment.
7. Colorado loves renewables.
These protesters came from Colorado to join the People’s Climate March, and proudly displayed their state flag on their sign promoting renewable energy. Unlike most signs at the march, theirs was positive.
8. Trumpty Dumpty.
One of the ingenious ways of presenting anti-Trump sentiment was this “Trumpty Dumpty” float/piñata/statue of Trump as an egg. Trump certainly is no Humpty Dumpty, but the activists suggested that his thin skin and “denial” of climate science justifies the comparison.
9. Stop the Trump agenda.
This rather precarious collage of signs stood out, not just for its rickety nature, but for its strong anti-Trump message.
10. Give impeachment a chance!
Yep. People are calling for Trump’s impeachment, after 100 days. To be fair, they were calling for his impeachment before he took office. What “high crime and misdemeanor” has the president committed? Why, not believing in climate change, of course!
11. Stop raping my mother.
This young female protester looks on as her fellow is interviewed. Her sign, “Stop Raping My Mother!” seems to apply to “mother Earth,” but she is also wearing a “Black Lives Matter” shirt, emphasizing the idea of “intersectionality” — that the “oppression” liberals oppose crosses over multiple issues. Throughout the People’s Climate March, protesters focused on many different issues.
Warning — the next sign is explicit.
12. The government is f**king my mother.
Again, mother Earth.
13. Climate super villains.
Government worker in D.C. wants to protest the president. Perhaps he’s even an EPA worker…
Just because a lot of people seriously, angrily, and wholeheartedly opposed Trump doesn’t mean other protesters couldn’t have some fun with it. Here are two people each dressed up as a Tyrannosaurus Rex. Some other signs said the dinosaurs thought they were fine, too — as though humans are headed for extinction.
15. Harry Potter.
These young ladies also had some fun with the protest, making Harry Potter-themed signs.
16. Captain Planet.
Here are some Captain Planet fans.
17. Rick and Morty.
Fans of the television show Rick and Morty (2013-2017) will recognize Rick’s acerbic sense of humor. While not everyone who doubts the climate change “consensus” is a “corrupt piece of sh*t,” many environmental activists think they are.
18. … A union marching band?!
Yes, the People’s Climate March featured a marching band in hard hats. Were they union-sponsored?
19. Resist — Everything.
Again, some of us thought this was a climate march, but here’s a sign against hate, racism, patriarchy, war, and corporate rule. Perhaps “corporate rule” covers climate change, but the others? Totally unrelated.
Speaking of unrelated …
This display really stuck out — a covered wagon with the term “Colonialism,” with carbon dioxide fit into the name, shot through with the arrows of “progress,” like “feminize,” “language,” “culture,” “retribution,” and “sovereignty.” This was just one of many native American things at the march, however.
21. Native American chants.
Native Americans or “indigenous people” chanted and played the drums toward the front of the People’s Climate March. Many of these protesters might have come from the Standing Rock protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline. That protest left huge amounts of trash and debris in its wake. So much for the environment…
22. Upside-down American flag.
One of the most striking images from the protest was an American flag, purposefully waving upside-down as a protest to the U.S. mistreatment of native Americans throughout history.
This contrasted perfectly with the text of the First Amendment on the wall of the Newseum. Protesters have free speech rights to carry such flags, but the message of overthrowing the U.S. government also entails overthrowing rights Americans hold dear, like free speech itself.
23. Indigenous sovereignty.
According to these protesters, native Americans will protect the environment, so tribes should have more sovereignty.
24. Trump golfing with the Earth.
This protester had the ingenious idea to dress up as Trump and play golf — with the globe. Very fitting.
25. The pink flamingo.
This has got to be one of the most memorable protest costumes ever. The woman wearing it explained that the pink flamingo is an endangered species, so her costume was a protest against abusing the environment. But she was also dressed rather … scandalously. She said she was also protesting for feminism by dressing that way.
26. Pepsi: Save Kendall Jenner!
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