NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - There was a lot of chanting and marching concerning climate change along North Street in Nacogdoches Sunday afternoon.
"We've got to stop climate change, we've got to move away from fossil fuels and into clean energy," explained Resilient Nacogdoches organizer Vicki Baggett.
Resilient Nacogdoches, or ReNAC, has held a similar rally in the past, but Sunday's was part of a worldwide collaboration.
"This is actually targeted for the climate summit in Paris that starts this week," Baggett said.
Around 20,000 similar marches were held around the world, calling on world leaders to help fight climate change.
ReNac wasn't the only group rallying in downtown Nacogdoches Sunday. They were joined by several groups across the community, including Stephen F. Austin State University Young Democrats.
"We really respect what Resilient Nacogdoches is doing, and we also recognize the threat that corporations pose to our environment," said SFA Young Democrats President John Davis.
ReNac was excited to see such a diverse group of people representing different ages, races and backgrounds, coming together for such an important cause.
"It makes me so happy, especially seeing the children because that's who we're doing this for," Baggett said. "We want to leave them the best world we can."
"For me specifically, I'm a young student in high school and so climate change and things that affect the future effect me the most," explained Hudson High School student Tarek Zaher.
The rally garnered reactions, some positive some negative, but ReNac hopes their efforts will start to change East Texas's view on climate change.
"The most important thing about this march is that we stop the spreading of misinformation about these very important things that affect all of us," said Zaher.
ReNac was excited that so many in the community joined their rally and hope more will join them in future events.