Months ago, to call attention to the timeliness of addressing our climate crisis, Nobel Peace Prize nominee 16-year-old Greta Thunberg called for international, intergeneration climate strikes for September 20 and 27, bookending the UN Climate Action Summit and climate campaigners’ week of action. Noting how serious the situation is, the New York School Board is granting amnesty to its 1.1 million students to attend the strike, satisfying Amnesty International’s request to 30,000 schools worldwide to permit students to attend.
A small group of us gathered recently to make our own plans, including folks from Drawdown East End, PEER, and the Unitarian Universalist church. Locally, buses are being organized to and from New York City on Friday, September 20, to join the masses for greatest impact. Go to strikewithus.org to find other locations.
In further action, in the planning is a rally at Lake Agawam on Tuesday, September 24, from Pollution to Solution. Several areawide students will give their vision of the future we want to work toward. We will acknowledge the great work being done locally by elected officials, our Sustainability Committee and our Long-Range Planning Department. We will request a higher bar be set for all future efforts to create the transformation needed, and that policy and plans focus on prioritization based on the scientific climate research of Drawdown. We also will invite each of us to be climate activists and “walk our talk” with individual action.
Follow-up actions will be planned, including teach-Ins and rallies in our other East End communities.
To check if bus space available, text me at 631-830-3988 before Friday. The bus is leaving the South Fork early Friday and returning in the evening.
Dorothy ReillySouthamptonMs. Reilly is co-chair of Drawdown East End — Ed.
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