Climate Rally Focuses on Potential Pipeline Impacts

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (NEWSPLEX) -- Scores of concerned citizens and environmental activists rallied on the Downtown Mall Wednesday urging lawmakers to do something about climate change.

The events marks one year since the People's Climate March, when 400,000 people, including Charlottesville residents, marched in New York City.

Since then, local activists say say they have expanded and diversified their message. At Wednesday's rally, many demonstrators said they opposed the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline because of potential environmental impacts.

"In some way or other, everyone is affected by the impacts of climate change or environmental degradation due to fossil fuels. Here in Virginia, the pipeline proposal is a really serious example of that," said Hannah Wiegard with Appalachian Voices.

More than a dozen groups participated in the rally, including the Sierra Club, Wild Virginia and UVa's Climate Action Society.

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