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Thousands rally for 2 separate Earth Day marches in Madison

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MADISON (WKOW) -- More than seven-thousand people rallied in Madison Saturday for two, separate Earth Day rallies.

March for Science started at James Madison Park Saturday afternoon and demonstrators moved to Library Mall to join in a worldwide event championing scientific advancements. Madison police say about five-thousand people showed up for the march.

Speakers talked about the power of teamwork to help solve more problems.

"We need more people on our teams and sometimes our movements lead us to think that we have to work against each other to reach our own goals but in reality we end up working against our own selves," says Eric Upchurch, with Young, Gifted & Black Coalition.

Later in the afternoon, about 25-hundred people gathered for the Madison Climate March at the State Capitol. This gathering urged better leadership on climate change and workers' rights. The demonstrators walked to Madison, Gas & Electric, to urge MGE to become a clean energy leader in the community.

Madison police say there were no incidents, injuries or arrests at the rallies. MPD's special events team and other personnel were on hand to patrol and monitor safety at the events.

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