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HOUSTON, Tx. -- If you think Houston is hot enough, then one group steamed up about the weather is turning up the heat even more on energy companies.

"Change the system, not the climate," protesters shouted as they marched outside City Hall.

Patrick Gibbs, who works with Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services, says, "The hotter it gets here, the more mosquitoes are going to migrate here, the more tropical diseases, the more sick people are going to get."

The group, People's Climate, is protesting what they call, "a lack of governmental action on man-made climate change and corporate environmental damage."

"CO-2 is a greenhouse gas.  We've known since the 50's that the greenhouse gasses we're putting into the atmosphere are changing our climate," claims Brent Sullivan, a concerned citizen.

There are some folks who believe energy companies are to blame for extreme weather conditions, and the resulting global warming.

"We have the capability to help keep life going on the planet, including us.  So, it's not just about saving fish and whales, it's about people also," Gibbs further claims.

The march in Houston is part of a movement that started in New York and is spreading nationwide.  This weekend, they're calling for  a 'global weekend of action,' confronting the power of fossil fuels.

"We'd like to see government take up the issue of climate change, and what we're gonna do to both reduce carbon in the atmosphere, and mitigate the effects of the carbon that's already in the atmosphere, causing sea level rise, temperature increase, crop failures and so on," Sullivan stated.

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