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Protestors rally for the environment at the debate

Art vone Lehe traded in a suit Thursday afternoon for a wetsuit and some snorkel gear as he and about two dozen other environmentalists rallied in support of the fight against global warming outside the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.

All of them tied blue balloons around their waists with a 20-foot string. It symbolized how much the sea levels would rise if glaciers on Greenland melted due to global warming. The scuba gear represented how much more swimming people would have to do, von Lehe said.

"We're not here to say that one candidate is better than another," said von Lehe, an attorney who works for the Coastal Conservation League. "But we all agree that something needs to happen."

Sara Tansey, 19, chose an even more unusual costume. She was dressed in a full-bodied snowman outfit. She called herself Frosty the Snowwoman, and drove from Litchfield for the rally.

Tansey, a sophomore studying social work at the University of South Carolina, even spoke at an impromptu press conference held by the protestors, a coalition of different environmental groups.

All held red placards to bring attention to the climate change issue.

"What we stand to lose are our weather patterns," Tansey said. "It's the middle of January, but it's a 70-degree day. Eventually, snowmen will be no more."

Tansey, a sophomore studying social work at the University of South Carolina, drove from Litchfield to support the fight against global warming.

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