Eco-Groups Join Climate March

Foundation-Funded Eco-Groups Join Anti-Trump Climate March

Julia A. Seymour

A Who’s Who of climate activists plans to invade Washington, D.C., on April 29, to march against President Donald Trump’s environmental policies.

A video released on Facebook April 6, by People’s Climate Movement declared, “Trump and his administration continue to assault the American way of life. The resistance is headed to his doorstep in DC and marching across the country — on April 29 join us as we resist, build and RISE!” 

Upset by Trump’s “climate denying cabinet,” approval of pipelines and proposed rollback of the Paris climate agreement a coalition of liberals will gather to march against the new president at the People’s Climate March.

Predictably, many of the organizers of the People’s Climate March are left-wing activists groups which receive funding from liberal foundations including Grantham Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Marisla Foundation, Wallace Global Fund and more.

The extensive steering committee included Bill McKibben’s extreme environmentalist group 350.org, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, Earthjustice, Oceana and the US Climate Action Network, just to name a few. And those all of have ties to one or more liberal foundation which funds supposedly independent, but actually left-leaning environmental reporting. Some of those funded journalism outlets have already touted the upcoming march.

In 2015, Grantham Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Marisla Foundation, Park Foundation and Wallace Global Fund all donated to 350.org — according to the 350 annual report.

Schmidt Family Foundation president Wendy Schmidt sits on the board of trustees of Natural Resources Defense Council — a climate march steering committee member. The Schmidt Family Foundation also gave to Earthjustice, which also got funding from The Park Foundation.

The Sierra Club, which has campaigned against the use of coal with its “Beyond Coal” project,” has many funding sources including the Marisla Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Rockefeller Family Foundation and Wallace Global Fund over the years, according to financial records.

Rockefeller Brothers Fund gives to a host of anti-fossil fuel efforts, including investigative journalism attacks on ExxonMobil. So it no surprise to see they support many groups involved with the upcoming protests including 350.org, Sierra Club, Oceana and US Climate Action Network.