Renowned climate change scientist joins Buffalo protest rally
Renowned climate change scientist joins Buffalo protest rally.
Hundreds of Buffalo voices were joined Saturday by an influential international voice during a rally to protest President Trump’s stances on climate change and environmental protection.
Michael E. Mann, a Nobel Prize winner and climate scientist, was among the roughly 300 people who gathered in Niagara Square to decry Trump’s reversal of long-standing federal policies that offer greater environmental protections.
"Never before have we experienced an assault on our planet like we are today."
"The current warming spike is unprecedented as far back as we can go," he added.
His study of historical climate data was the basis for the controversial “hockey stick” graph, which showed a sharp uptrend in temperatures in the Northern Hemisphere since 1900.
Those in the crowd carried signs with slogans such as "The oceans are rising and so are we" and "There is no Planet B."
Their criticism was aimed at Trump, who wants to curb the federal government’s enforcement of climate change regulations.
The program also relocated Lockport families from a neighborhood contaminated by toxins, removed contaminated sediment from Scajaquada Creek in Buffalo and identified microplastics pollution in Lake Erie.
"Today we see this great resurgence on the Buffalo waterfront and in the river," said Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, who has championed the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative as a program that helps clean the environment and spur the region’s economic revival.