Eugene rally demands action on climate change on Earth Day

Ralliers want Congressman Peter DeFazio to sign onto a pledge that would commit him to green union jobs.

Posted: Apr 22, 2021 8:36 PM
Updated: Apr 22, 2021 8:55 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- A Youth Climate Rally gathered in downtown Eugene Thursday as part of Earth Day.

Ralliers demanded lawmakers start tackling the issue of climate change immediately. They want Congressman Peter DeFazio to sign onto a Good Jobs for All pledge that would commit him to green union jobs.

KEZI 9 News reached out to DeFazio's office about this pledge, and they said he hasn't heard of it. They said he's committed to fixing climate change and his action can be seen through co-authoring the Green New Deal.

Sophia Trotter is part of Sunrise Eugene, the group that organized the Thursday rally. She said lawmakers need to take climate change seriously.

"Our politicians need to know that this is what their people want. And people should have a say in what’s going to happen in their lives," Trotter said.

Jean Murphy attended Thursday's rally and said she's noticed the climate change in Western Oregon since moving to Eugene in 1969.

"The main things are the glaciers are melting and of course it’s true the summers are getting warmer and warmer every year, the sting comes earlier," Murphy said.

Ralliers started at the Park Blocks in Eugene and marched to the Federal Courthouse.

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