On Friday, September 20 there will be a global climate strike involving events all over the U.S. and rest of the world. The main rally will be in New York City, where Greta Thunberg will be the featured speaker. But, if you can’t make it to NYC and want to participate locally, there are two events in Ithaca that day that you can attend: 1) the Sunrise Ithaca Climate Strike at Bernie Milton Pavilion from noon to 2 pm; and 2) a climate rally at Stewart Park from 3 to 5 pm.
Sunrise Ithaca: Climate Strike @ Bernie Milton Pavilion, Noon-2 pm
September 20, three days before the UN Climate Summit in NYC, young people and adults will strike all across the US and world to demand transformative action be taken to address the climate crisis.The strikes on the 20th will launch us into a week of global climate action to publicly call on world leaders and, here in the US, elected officials to take the action needed to save our futures, and to send a clear message that come Election Day 2020, we will take the climate fight to the ballot boxes.
For the Ithaca Global Climate Strike, organized by Sunrise Ithaca, we call on all residents to strike from school and work and convene at the Bernie Milton Pavilion on the Commons. We will assemble speakers, presentations, songs and a space to build climate resiliency & climate action.
Climate Rally at Stewart Park, 3-5 pm
Barbara Lifton, New York Assemblywoman, Tracy Mitrano, Democratic Candidate for the NY-23 seat in US House of Representatives, and Anne Armstrong, Author of “Communicating Climate Change: A Guide for Global Climate Strike” will be among the speakers at Ithaca Climate Action rally, to be held at Stewart Park in Ithaca, New York, as part of the Global Climate Strike activities planned on September 20th. The rally will start at 3 pm at the Small Pavilion in Stewart Park.
Entertainment will include music for the Bahamas with Ithaca’s own DJ Ziggy, featuring a benefit mini-concert starting at 2:30 pm with an opportunity to donate to Red Cross relief efforts for Hurricane Dorian. A number of organizations will be on hand to share their climate change solutions.
The event is designed to help teach how everyone can take individual and community action to combat the threat of climate change. Several organizations are scheduled to participate in the afternoon event including:
· Cayuga Nature Center
· Cornell Cooperative Extension with a display on energy use and the Energy Bike
· Discover Cayuga Lake–focusing on invasive species & climate change
· Extinction Rebellion
· The History Center showing historical climate events in Tompkins County
· Ithaca High School Green Team
· Mothers Out Front working on climate action for all
· Museum of the Earth featuring face-painting for young climate activists.
· NY23 Votes doing voter registration
· Project Drawdown
· Sustainable Tompkins
· Tompkins County Climate Protection Initiative
Following the Stewart Park Rally Discover Cayuga Lake is running a special cruise from 6 – 8 pm, featuring a discussion of climate change and local watersheds. DJ Ziggy will be on board. Students will be able to purchase discounted tickets.