Last Wednesday, members of Teamsters Local 117 joined roughly a thousand community activists in a march calling on regional and global policy makers to take action on climate change.
The protest started at Seattle City Hall and ended with a rally in Occidental Park in Pioneer Square.
Naomi Klein, the author of This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, was the keynote speaker at the event.
Organizers of the march emphasized a growing body of evidence to suggest that workers, communities of color, and lower income communities are most affected by climate change.
Local 117 joined a coalition of labor unions, community groups, environmental groups, and faith-based groups that participated in the event.
"The four pillars of survival are air, water, food and shelter," said Peter Miller, a Local 117 Shop Steward at the Woodland Park Zoo. "Unions need work to protect and maintain the very pillars of our survival."