Cold temperatures mocked climate change activists across the United States over the Thanksgiving Day weekend as marches and local demonstrators bundled up against the chill to warn of the dangers of a warming global climate. “Dress for the weather, could be cold and windy,” one Dubuque, Iowa organizer warned would-be marchers ahead of a demonstration there. Climate action events across the country come ahead of a UN-organized climate change conference in Paris, France where world leaders discuss the need for a binding agreement to battle warm weather.
According to AccuWeather.com, the high for Dubuque on November 29 was a mere 37 degrees, and the low was 21 degrees.
A similar situation played out elsewhere across the nation. In Milwaukee, Wisconsin a November 28 climate change awareness march faced a high temperature of 37 as activists bundled up in layers to carry signs declaring “Go Solar” and featuring paintings of bright warm sun. Further north in Wisconsin, at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, protesters marched despite a high of 35 degrees.
In Denver, Colorado ahead of a brutal Sunday NFL game where teams slugged it out in a snowstorm, climate activists battled against a high of 25 to draw awareness to a warming climate. The Facebook organizing page for the event touted the fact that ” over 2,000 communities around the world will be joining in the Global Climate March,” and told attendees to, “dress warmly!”
A pair of protests in Illinois, one in Chicago and one in the suburb of Palatine, featured slightly warmer temperatures, 43 and 41, respectively. The Chicago event encouraged people to bring children because “it is for their future,” and suggested attendees “Bring warm clothes.”
The Paris climate conference these protests were held in support of is scheduled to last until December 11.