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Dozens March in 4th Annual Peoples' Climate March

April 22, 2018 06:56 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- For the fourth year in a row, marchers hit the streets of downtown Rochester in an effort to encourage people to think green.

“I care a lot about the climate and it affects me in my daily life so I think we should take this opportunity to stand up and voice our opinion,” Jasmine Riemer, a student at the University of Minnesota Rochester said.

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“We need to do some things to keep it protected for the future generations,” marcher Mary Idso said. “I'm here marching with my kids and grandkids and husband.”

The group walked from Peace Plaza through Soldiers Field and then to the People's Food Co-op hoping to share their message.

Besides marching, the group also collected signatures on a petition to make the city entirely reliant on renewable energy.

“The air quality gets pretty bad and this will help a lot,” Riemer said of the petition, which will be presented to the Public Utilities Commission. “And renewable energy is a lot better for the planet because we don't have to rely on fossil fuels which are really bad for the environment.”

While the march took place on Earth Day, marcher Ivan Idso said there are things everyone can do to make a difference every day.

“It’s the little things, use less plastic, say no to straws and plastic bags, if you have an opportunity to buy renewable energy,” he said.

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