About 100 people rallied for the planet Saturday afternoon on the Yellowstone County Courthouse lawn in Billings, in conjunction with the People’s Climate March, which brought tens of thousands to Washington, D.C.  The temperature in the nation’s capitol reached 91 degrees, tying a heat record, which only amplified the movement’s message.

 

The group in Billings gathered to hear prepared remarks, then formed a line along North 27th Street to share their message.  Some motorists honked their horns in the support.  Others extended their middle finger, and at least one man accelerated his pickup, leaving a plume of diesel exhaust in his wake.  Amaya Garcia Costas, a microbiologist and the event’s organizer, addressed the crowd first.  She said the planet is sick, and cited statistics, such as; the five hottest years in recorded history occurred in the last decade.