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Southampton Press / Opinion / Letters / 1282165

For The Earth

Friday, May 24—the day before Memorial Day weekend—was one of the busiest Fridays of the year on the East End. In fact, so busy that our whole Southampton Town Board was out of the office with previous engagements.

Still, 69 people braved the traffic from as far as Quogue, Orient and Montauk, and made it to Southampton’s Global Climate Rally on the lawn of Town Hall, joining with 1.6 million people in 1,600 cities around the world to stand in solidarity for our future and all life on Earth.

Drawdown East End was the host. Beginning with celebratory sounds from Icelandic model Inga Eiriksdottir, on her accordion, and Josephine Smith’s Shinnecock opening, the gathering was an optimistic invitation to action. Many signed up to participate on teams to pursue their favorite engagements. And though public speaking is highest on our lists of fearful activities, a whopping 24 people took to the podium and shared their passionate ideas and calls to action.

Gratitude to you unsung heroes for putting our environment first. It is not too early to mark your calendars now for the next Global Climate Strike on September 27.

Dorothy ReillyCo-director

Drawdown East End

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