Saturday, May 11, 2024

Climate Action Walk set for Glens Falls on May 18

Glens Falls Climate Action Walk graphic.

A Community Climate Action Walk is scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 18 from 1 to 4 p.m. in downtown Glens Falls, NY. Interested parties should gather at Glens Falls City Park next to Crandall Public Library at 1 p.m. where they will be welcomed by Father Scott from St. Mary’s Church, St. Mary’s youth reciting excerpts from Laudate Deum, Claudia Braymer, Glens Falls Presbyterian Earth Care Team, and Molly Stewart, from the Glens Falls Unitarian Universalist Congregation.

At 1:30 p.m., led by a climate banner and drums, the group will walk down Glenn Street to Crandall Park where speakers will focus on climate action goals to mitigate the harsh consequences of global warming, and tables will be set up by local groups and organizations for taking actions. Working together adds power to our movement to protect our earth and living beings. In the event of rain or poor weather the event will take place in the Aviation Mall and announced on North Country Earth Action Facebook.


Background about the event:
In response to the serious environmental crisis facing our planet, the Community Climate Action Walk provides the opportunity for individuals, families, and organizations to come together and learn about local actions we can take to address the severe and far-reaching impacts of climate warming. The walk has been organized by the Unitarian Universalist Social Action Committee, St. Mary’s Social Justice Ministry, and North Country Earth Action (NCEA), a citizens group for climate action advocacy.

Crandall Park Speakers and Tables:
Ken Tingley, former editor of The Post Star and current author of the on-line “Front Page” blog about our hometown community, will moderate the speakers. Chuck Vosganian will manage the sound system from the band shell.

Speakers include:
Students from the Glens Falls High School Social Justice Club
• Songs sung by vocalist Sarah Stockwell-Arthen
Dr. Patrick Wrisley, pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Glens Falls, will speak on the moral imperative to address the climate warming impact on our lives and our earth.

Emmett Smith, Northern Power & Light, event sponsor, will present information about “The City of Glens Falls Community Hydro Project”, a
green energy option, and offer signup opportunities.
Michael Richardson, representing Third Act on the NY Renews steering committee, will speak on the failure of the State Assembly and the
Governor to fund and implement the landmark Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (also known as the NYS Climate Act). NY Renews
is a statewide coalition of environmental, justice, faith, labor, and community groups. NCEA and NAACP Glens Falls Chapter are active participants.
• Original poems written for this event and read by UU poets Ellen Santasiero and Susan Jefts.
John Seakwood, core organizer with Third Act and Rivers & Mountains GreenFaith, will talk on divesting from big banks continuing to underwrite fossil fuel development. Third Act was founded by Bill McKibben (author, educator, environmentalist) to inspire Americans over 60 “ to change the world for the better.” GreenFaith is an interfaith coalition advocating for environmental stewardship and social justice.
David Sayer, well known speaker from Beyond Plastics, a group helping to stop plastic pollution in NY, will be speak on the NY Packaging Reduction and Recycling Infra Act and have a table for supporting actions to take.
Ethan Warren will address our new bus transportation system, CDTA (Capital District transportation Authority), hailed by a Warren County planner as having the potential to significantly limit fossil fuel use by increasing bus use by our citizens.
Michael O’Hara, Citizen’s Climate Lobby (Greater Capital Region), will speak on creating political will to motivate elected officials to enact policy on climate.
Thermal Associates, a local company, was asked to participate to promote the value of warming and cooling homes with heat pumps. And from the
stage you will hear a humorous tune about heat pumps written by a Californian environmentalist.
The Glens Falls and Queensbury Climate Smart Community Committees’ tables share their sustainability accomplishments and accept signups to join their committees or help with specific projects.
Southern Adirondack Audubon Society will have a table with ways to address the impact of climate warming on the bird population.
• A childrens’ “activist” table will have drawing, coloring, and projects related to the climate and the environment
Zero Waste Warren County Initiative’s action table will take signups for current projects. Zero Waste is an enthusiastic citizen’s group reaching out to the community with multiple Reuse, Recycle, and Repair programs.

Lisa Adamson and Bernice Mennis, local North Country Earth Action.org climate activists, will be collecting signatures in support of the “Earth Bill” now gathering congressional sponsors, in addition to signing the petition asking President Biden to declare a “Climate Emergency!” Our climate work urges world leaders, and our NYS legislators, to reduce fossil fuel use.
Zonta Club of Glens Falls includes addressing climate warming in their mission to “build a better world for women and girls”. Zonta members
helped with funding and delivering Climate Action Walk flyers to area wide schools.
Queensbury Land Conservancy has added their support with funding and attention to climate risk.
NAACP Glens Falls Chapter will reach out for new members to join and attend monthly meetings where climate issues are addressed.
Adirondack Cycling Advocates will provide community biking information that promotes FOSSIL-FREE transportation.
The Coalition of Animal Rights Enthusiasts (CARE) table addresses climate-related aspects of their work and meaningful dietary actions to take.
• Other information tables include NY Solar Society, the Capital Region Transportation Council, and the League of Women’s Voters with information and voter registration materials.

Photo at top: Climate Action Walk Facebook page photo.

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