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East Texans protest key issues on the streets of Nacogdoches

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About a 150 East Texans marched the streets of Nacogdoches Sunday, carrying signs in their hands that read “there is no planet b" and "the environmental awareness movement."

The protesters wanted to get the word out about key issues plaguing our planet, in particularly global warming.  While these East Texans marched a mile and a half down Park st., a similar march was taking place hundreds of miles away.

“There is a national march going on in New York city. This march is a supporting march,” said Alec Johnson, organizer of the East Texas Climate Justice Walk.

Tuesday, world leaders are expected to attend a climate summit at the united nation. The two day event is being hosted by Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. As leaders gear up for the event, Johnson said about 100,000 people took to the streets of New York to protest.

Protester Christina Banchs said world leader need to hear the people and make some serious changes.

"We aren't going to have a planet to live on,” said Banchs . “There isn't a second place for us to go. The temperatures are rising the icebergs are melting.”

Johnson said global warming is a serious issue that effect everyone.

"The burning of too much fossil fuel is throwing the atmosphere out of balance,” said Johnson. “It's resulting in extreme summers and extreme winters. I am a father and my children are expecting me to look out for their future and that's why I am here today.”

Johnson said In addition to bring awareness to climate issues Sundays walk also shedded light on another problem that plagues East Texas.

"Nacogdoches is the home to part of the Keystone Pipeline. It's a dangerous investment and infrastructure and if it blows up then it will be this county that will have to deal with it," Johnson said.

He further explained that East Texas residents can prevent the pipeline from operating by taking a political stance.

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