MILFORD - Standing on street corners in Milford April 29, several concerned citizens protested decisions being made in Washington D.C. Members of the Delaware Valley Democratic Club as well as others, who wanted to share their thoughts on environmental happenings, held their own “Climate March,” while others occurred across the country.
Ed Gragert called the event the community’s “parallel march against climate change” that was an effort to educate people that “climate change is real.” Because the issue isn’t getting better, people and the government must act or else “we’re going to be under water.”
The event in Milford, Gragert said was to remind people that they live in a “wonderful environment” with the rivers, forests, and such but decisions are being made that will affect the Delaware Valley “dramatically.”
The Delaware Valley Democratic Club, Gragert said is “inclusive” with members from every party who are concerned with governmental decisions being made by President Trump and Congress. With 100 days in office, to date Gragert called Trump’s presidency a “farce” because everything he has done has been negative. Before January, the club didn’t exist, now there are 600 people on the mailing list.
Since the club’s initiation, five interior groups were created to watch local and national elected officials, and then communicate the actions with other members. As well, there are meeting with Senator Baker’s staff twice a month. But, in collaboration with other community groups in the state, the group would like to have a meeting with Senator Toomey and Congressman Marino, but so far, the request for the meeting has been denied.
At the Best Western in Matamoras June 4, there will be an event where members of four political community groups will meet and let political officials such as Senator Toomey know how the public feels, if he attends. But, as of April 29, Toomey had denied the request for his attendance. Even if he doesn’t though, Gragert said there will be other democratic candidates there.
A participant in the day’s activities, Dominique Gennarrow said she believes in climate change and wants to make a difference by getting people together to “make a change” because many don’t believe the issue is real. Gennarrow, who is 20, was at the event with her grandmother Sally Schwartz.
Schwartz had planned on traveling to Washington D.C. for the day, but then decided “sometimes it’s better to start at home” she said. Schwartz was involved in the protest because she is an “educated woman” who taught science and feels the environmental issues are important since the “climate is changing” as glaciers are melting and sea levels are rising.
A member of the Delaware Valley Democratic Club, Miesje Jolley stood with a sign April 29 and said she was “appalled” at Trump’s executive actions regarding the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and more. Another woman said the participants were in Milford to speak to their president as they were “resisting measures that frighten us, that will endanger the environment.”
John Hahn said he was at the protest to “denounce President Trump” and the anti-environmental executive orders he’s written in opposition to President Obama’s executive orders while also “decimating our environment.” Looking to the future, Hahn hopes Trump will be impeached, since he doesn’t believe the president has any strengths and questions whether Trump’s actions will lead the country into a “nuclear confrontation with North Korea.” As well, Hahn fears the consequences his grandchildren will one day deal with and it is “shameful that we have a man like that in the White House” he said. Partaking in the protest in Milford is Hahn’s “small part to show my resistance to so called President Trump, he’s not my president.”
With laws regarding the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) changing, Adrienne Meyerson said that is “damaging to all of us.” As a grandparent, Meyerson doesn’t want her grandchildren to worry about air quality and agencies that were created in the 1970’s because there is “only one planet that we have to live on.” The removal of such legislation is problematic and the reality is that, “we can’t politicize our environment.”
As they were out in the borough, Myerson said she received a lot of thumbs up and honks in support of her protest, which she was pleased about, because it might’ve meant the public was “considering that our earth is worth saving.”