Coalition rallies to bring climate change to the forefront

Local climate organizations rallied together on Genesee Street and Memorial Parkway as part of the National Climate Strike on Friday.

Posted: Dec 6, 2019 2:17 PM
Updated: Dec 6, 2019 5:39 PM

UTICA, N.Y. – Friday's snowy weather did not stop dozens of activists from both the Sunrise Movement and other activist organizations from protesting for results against Climate Change.

The Sunrise Movement consists of young activists fighting for leaders to take action against Climate Change. Its a national movement consisting of hundreds of protests happening simultaneously around the country.

Dozens of activists crowded the corner of the Memorial Parkway and Genesee Street in Utica.

"We believe that the climate crisis is so urgent that we need bold action now. We cant go with half measures now like some of the democratic candidates," said Activist Eric Stenzel.

The protests come as world leaders are meeting in Spain for the annual Climate Conference. Separate but part of the student protests, Hamilton College representatives including President Whitman were meeting in New York City to discuss the future of Hamilton College.

"Right now the board of trustees and president Wippman are meeting in new york city to talk about the future of the college and one of our demands are that fossil fuels be completely divested from the endowment," said Stenzel.
The list of organizations participating in Friday's protests:

-Indivisible Mohawk Valley

-Citizen Action Central New York

-Extinction Rebellion Mohawk Valley

-Town of Kirkland Democratic Committee

-Hamilton College Feminists of Color Collective

-Utica College Outdoors Club.

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