A couple dozen climate activists took to the streets during PVDFest Saturday afternoon carrying a “portable flood line” to demonstrate what 11 feet of sea level rise might look like in Providence, which could be the Capital City’s reality in about 85 years or so.
The march started in Burnside Park where Kate Schapira had set up her Climate Anxiety Counseling Booth. The march went through Kennedy Plaza, down Washington Street and back up Westminster Street. Along the way flyers were handed out to passersby and conversations were had about the effects of climate change. President Donald Trump‘s recent announcement to pull out of the Paris Accord was of course a big concern.
Those attending PVDFest were overwhelmingly positive in their reaction to the portable flood line. People responded positively to the message. The marchers were applauded and many joined in the march as it progressed.
One thought that occurred to me as I photographed the event: The 100th anniversary of PVDFest might be held by kayak.
The portable flood line was organized in part by Climate Action Rhode Island, a subgroup of Resist Hate RI.
Below you can watch activist Jen Long in a typical conversation with a member of the public: