Atlanta’s event — dubbed “Rise for Climate, Jobs and Justice” — was put on by groups including the Georgia Sierra Club, Science for the People and 350ATL, the local arm of an organization that fights the fossil fuel industry.
The crowd was passionate but was not among the largest events reported around the country and the world. An estimated 18,000 people marched in Paris, according to reports. Thousands also gathered in San Francisco.
Atlanta’s gathering, though, had an added focus on the effect of climate change on local jobs, housing and energy.
“It’s also about social justice,” explained Jasmine Clark, a scientist from Georgia State University and candidate for the state Legislature. “Because at the end of the day, a lot of the people affected most by this are low income people and people in low socioeconomic statuses. This is an issue that expands far beyond, ‘Oh it’s hot out here today.’”
—The Associated Press contributed to this article.
In other news:
Paris officials are installing completely unhidden urinals throughout the city. The eco-friendly urinals, or "uritrottoirs," are intended to curb public urination. There is a sign above the urinal with an illustration of a man using it. Uritrottoirs have been put in heavily congested areas of Paris, meaning near popular sites. Residents have called the uritrottoirs "horrible," "ugly" and "absolutely unacceptable."