Rallies held across New England on climate change

Posted May 05, 2012, at 3:50 p.m.

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Hundreds of people across New England are drawing attention to what they see as a link between extreme weather events and climate change.

Dozens of rallies and demonstrations were held Saturday in Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts as part of Climate Impacts Day, a global initiative organized by 350.org, an environmental group founded by Vermont activist Bill McKibben.

The theme of the rallies was to “connect the dots” between extreme weather and climate change.

McKibben took part in a rally in Waitsfield, Vt., to connect last year’s flooding from the remnants of Hurricane Irene to climate change.

Organizers say the effort featured more than 1,000 events held in more than 100 countries.