Ithaca, N.Y. — Around 200 people gathered in Ithaca today as massive demonstrations around the world demanded action on climate change.

The People’s Climate March drew hundreds of thousands of people to NYC and similar protests were held in Germany, London and elsewhere.

Local officials attended the event in Ithaca. (Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated Assemblywoman Lifton attended. She was in NYC.) Protesters gathered at First Presbyterian Church at Dewitt Park, according to a press release.

Around 1 p.m., the bells of Ithaca’s First Baptist Church were being rung by Leslie Schultz and her crew of young First Baptist kids.

Other residents of Ithaca left at 5:30 a.m. to be part of the larger New York City march.

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The crowd in Ithaca began with a silent meditation, followed by a 350-second musical call to action at 1 p.m. After a march around the block, the procession gathered in the First Presbyterian Church’s Dodds Hall.

“We started with a meditative sounding of the shofar, and then we used rhythm instruments and our hands, or feet or whatever as part of a global ‘sound-off’ for climate justice organized by GreenFaith.org,” the event organizers said in a Facebook post.

Brad McFall, one of the event organizers, spoke about the importance of the event in an email.

“The eco-justice movement, a faith based combination concern for ecology and justice, nurtured in Ithaca 40 years ago has found its lasting aim in bringing about a permanent response to climate change,” he said.

“The cooperation of so many faiths and with the public support witnessed at the March really does help to demonstrate that the journey to bring about climate justice may become finished one day not too far in the future.”

Click here to read more about the protests in NYC.

See here for a prior statement on the event.


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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.