Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

March 7, 2013

Seven locals attend Climate Rally in D.C.

The Andover Townsman

---- — Seven members of South Church were part of what is being called the largest rally on climate change in history.

On Presidents Day weekend, the group from Andover packed into one car to get to Washington D.C. for the Climate Rally, they reported.

Emily Strong and her son Eric Strong, Fran and Steve Fink, all of Andover, Mark Bohrer and his son Nick of North Andover, and Bill Schroeder of Windham, N.H. joined 40,000 others from around the country, they said. They walked along the mall to the White House and held signs that read “Forward on Climate Change.” The rally aimed to encourage the president to move toward a future that supporters believe will help protect people from the worst of the impacts of climate change.

Eric Strong, a West Elementary School third-grader, made homemade signs to carry. His sign showed an oil drop equaling a dirty Earth and a windmill equating to a green Earth.

Emily Strong said that one of the most humorous images from the day was a man dressed as Santa Claus who held a sign that read “Coal is naughty” on one side, and “I am pro snow” on the other.