>> Hun­dreds join march in Honolulu.

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - NEWS - By Rob Shik­ina rshik­ina@starad­ver­tiser.com

Hun­dreds marched in Waikiki on Sat­ur­day morn­ing in a demon­stra­tion to fight cli­mate change, join­ing sim­i­lar marches across the coun­try. Demon­stra­tors chanted and car­ried signs such as “Make Amer­ica Think Again” as they made their way down the side­walk along Kalakaua Av­enue from King Kalakaua Park to the front of the Honolulu Zoo. The march was part of the Peo­ple’s Cli­mate Move­ment, which be­gan in 2014 with a march in New York City. On Sat­ur­day, the march was held on the 100th day of Don­ald Trump’s pres­i­dency. “We’re or­ga­niz­ing to stop Trump’s roll­backs on poli­cies that helped ad­dress cli­mate change and en­vi­ron­men­tal jus­tice,” said Sherry Pol­lack of the group 350.org Hawaii, one of the spon­sors of the march, in a state­ment. “This is a mo­bi­liza­tion about bring­ing so­lu­tions to the ta­ble and tar­get­ing elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives to take ac­tion.” Protester Akiemi Glenn said she was march­ing to

am­plify the voice of her peo­ple in Toke­lau, a na­tion with about 1,500 in­hab­i­tants on three coral atolls about 2,300 miles south­west of Hawaii.

The is­lands are be­ing in­un­dated

by ris­ing sea lev­els from global warm­ing, she said, and on a re­turn visit to her home­land, she found the ocean had washed

away some of her an­ces­tors’ graves.

She said Toke­lauans have been try­ing to raise aware­ness about ris­ing sea lev­els since the 1970s and still re­main hope­ful some­thing can be done be­fore the atolls are sub­merged in about 50 years. “We’re not go­ing to just give up and let our is­lands sink,” she said. “We’re go­ing to fight.”

Anela Ickes, 15, of Wahi­awa, who is also Toke­lauan, hoped to bring aware­ness to the strug­gles of Toke­lau for the sake of fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

“It’s sad be­cause I want to one day go to Toke­lau and I don’t want it to be gone,” Ickes said. “I want to show my kids where our fam­ily comes from.” Nine-year-old Ella Les­sary, of Makak­ilo, par­tic­i­pated in the march with her mother, car­ry­ing a sign she made that said, “I’m with her!” be­neath a hand-drawn pic­ture of the Earth.

Les­sary said she helps pick up lit­ter she finds on the beach.

“Peo­ple keep on lit­ter­ing,” she said. “I don’t like it.”

She said she wants more peo­ple to care about the Earth.

Sev­eral stu­dents from an en­vi­ron­men­tal club at Cham­i­nade Univer­sity also at­tended the march. “I just loved how pas­sion­ate ev­ery­one was,” said stu­dent Coco Ste­wart.

Her pro­fes­sor, Gail Grabowsky, di­rec­tor of en­vi­ron­men­tal stud­ies at Cham­i­nade Univer­sity, said ev­ery year she teaches a course on cur­rent is­sues and planned last spring to teach a course on cli­mate change for this se­mes­ter. With Trump in of­fice, she said, she has new course ma­te­rial al­most on a daily ba­sis with the pres­i­dent’s ex­ec­u­tive or­ders and other ac­tions, such as al­low­ing more off­shore oil drilling. Grabowsky called Trump the “gal­va­nizer in chief” be­cause he has brought peo­ple to­gether on a va­ri­ety of is­sues such as in the Women’s March in Fe­bru­ary and Sat­ur­day’s Cli­mate March, giv­ing peo­ple a rea­son to get to­gether and have a dis­cus­sion. wit­nesses

Scores of demon­stra­tors took part in the In­ter­na­tional Peo­ple’s Cli­mate Move­ment March for Cli­mate, Jobs & Jus­tice in Waikiki on Sat­ur­day, join­ing other events across the coun­try to fight cli­mate change, above. Mike Marxen and Kim Smith held signs at the end of the march in Waikiki, at left. Smith, an en­vi­ron­men­tal so­ci­ol­ogy pro­fes­sor, said half of the world’s oxy­gen comes from plank­ton in the ocean while the other half comes from forests.


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