WESTPORT — Droves of local activists descended on Jesup Green Sunday to voice their opposition to President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement.

Darcy Hicks, who organized the vigil, said there were over 70 people in total marching from the green to the Post Road Bridge in solidarity against Trump’s action.

Hicks, a native Westporter, helped found the grassroots organization called Defend Democracy of Connecticut, which held the CT on the Move rally in March that saw over 1,500 marchers and featured speeches by Sens. Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal, in addition to Rep. Jim Himes, D-4.

The Paris climate agreement, which includes every nation — except for Syria, Nicaragua and now, the United States — sets out to combat climate change by limiting the increase in the global average temperature to less than two degrees Celsius. Each of the 194 nations committed to the agreement have national climate actions plans outlining how they voluntarily plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other contributors to global warming.

First Selectman Jim Marpe, who disagrees with Trump’s decision on seceding from the Paris climate agreement, attended the June 4 rally and said he was there to express his “support for Westport’s leadership in trying to prepare for sustainability” and “thought it was important to reinforce that.”

“I was there to make a statement for Westport to do the right thing by being committed to the environment,” Marpe said.

Trump’s decision to leave the agreement follows through on his campaign pledges to withdraw, but was met with stiff resistance both at home and abroad. In his Rose Garden speech, Trump said he was elected to represent the people of Pittsburgh and not Paris, a comment which drew a reaction from Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto, who issued an executive order pledging a commitment to the Paris climate agreement, and called Trump’s decision “disastrous.” Fifty-nine percent of Americans oppose Trump’s move to pull out of the accord, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll, and global leaders have denounced it.

Hicks and many Westporters joined in the worldwide outrage.

“We wanted to speak out against Trump’s decision and make sure that Westport and surrounding towns were on the map pushing back against his decision to pull out of the accord,” Hicks said.

The vigil was “to show our own local leaders what it is that we want,” she said.

Although the weather was poor, Hicks said the grassroots organizing was quick and encouraging after the June 1 decision.

“When Trump backed out of the Paris accord, we got in contact with each other and what we were seeing on social media was the energy was very high among Westporters and others and we thought we would take that energy quickly and gather,” Hicks said.

“We just wanted people to make a stand. We put out the word Thursday that we would have this quiet candlelight vigil. It was going to be at the beach but we didn’t want beach stickers to be an issue so we made it at Jesup Green,” she said.

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