An Intern’s Perspective: The People’s Climate March in NYC

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September 21, New York City-  Moments that can be the most life changing tend to take you by surprise. This statement couldn’t be more accurate for my experience at The People’s Climate March in New York City. The People’s Climate March was a validating, rewarding experience that helped me to see that The Kingston Land Trust and partner organizations are not alone in their many goals for a better community and a better planet.

I traveled with almost 400 people on 7 Greyhound buses which contained students from SUNY New Paltz, members of The New Paltz Climate Action Coalition and many other citizen activists of all ages. Together we traveled to New York City donning green armbands with homemade signs addressing the issue of Climate Change.

There was a certain electricity to the air as we lined up between Central Park Avenue and 72nd Street and became surrounded by so many different marchers from all around the world in a sea of picket signs. Organizers estimated in the weeks before of an attendance of up to 100,000 people.

Dignitaries that took part in the march were former Vice President Al Gore, Jane Goodall, noted environmentalist Bill McKibben, actor Edward Norton, and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. There were many different sections the march was divided into, with Indigenous Peoples accompanied by famous actor/activists, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Mark Ruffalo. Some other sections included a multi-faith section which included Christians, Jewish,and Islamic groups and several Buddhist Monks. The march also contained many labor unions from all over the country, and according to the Huffington Post as many as 50,000 students, including locally, Bard, Vassar, and SUNY New Paltz.

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Trump International Hotel and Tower from the eyes of a marcher.

 

The marching procession swept as far forward and backward as the eye could see, with news helicopters constantly flying overhead covering the event. The streets were closed down, which was quite an interesting sight, with landmarks such as Columbus Circle, Trump International Hotel and Tower, and Radio City Music Hall surrounded by thousands of protesters, and the sound of cheering voices in place of the usual NYC sound of honking taxis and commuters.

The solidarity and unity among thousands was truly inspiring. To see so many different issues being represented by caring enthusiastic people was truly a privilege to be around. It is moments like this where the message of unanimity for a common cause reminds us of why we push toward our overall goals, both with The Kingston Land Trust and partner organizations.

On the walk to our buses wandering on 6th Avenue, a man from the march came up to me because he noticed my “People’s Climate March” poster. He said to me, “You know we made history today right? Organizers said there were over 300,000 people in attendance”. 300,000 other people who believe in the same future we are working toward.

Amanda Ruschak is the Fall 2014 intern at the Kingston Land Trust. Amanda is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations, Journalism and Sociology at SUNY New Paltz. While interning at the Kingston Land Trust, Amanda is helping with updates to our web site, communications about KLT events, and keeping our busy office running smoothly.

YMCA Farm Project to Host Community Harvest Party and Film Screening

Community Harvest Party -Film ScreeningTuesday September 23rd at 5:30pm,The YMCA Farm Project will host The Community Harvest Festival and screening of “Growing Cities”. The event is supported by various community organizations including The Kingston Land Trust. The Community Harvest Party will include kids activities, music, food and a silent auction. The event will take place at the  YMCA Farm, which is located at the intersection of Susan and Summer streets behind the YMCA of Kingston and Ulster, where you may park.

The film slated for viewing is the 2013 documentary film “Growing Cities” by Dan Susman, “that examines the role of urban farming in America and asks how much power it has to revitalize our cities and change the way we eat.” The message of this film goes hand in hand with the YMCA Farm Project’s mission of educating and empowering young people by, “directly engaging them in sustainable food production on an urban farm.”  The event will be held rain or shine, (in the event of rain, the event will be moved indoors.)There will be a suggested donation of $10 for adults, $5 for kids. Donations are tax-deductible and will go towards the farm and its educational programs. 

For more information about the YMCA Farm Project, you can visit their website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Peek at September’s Lineup of Events

September is a time when the Hudson Valley flourishes with not only with the immense beauty of the falling leaves,  but with an immense array of exciting events to take part in all over the community. The events for September provide a great opportunity for us to welcome in the Fall season while also taking in the great local sights in and around Kingston.

Here’s a look at some of our upcoming events:

Bike for Cancer Care
Sun., September 21, 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM Dietz Stadium Kingston
The Bike for Cancer Care will offer four rides at varying skill levels, each beginning Dietz Stadium, Kingston. What could be better than enjoying the beauty of fall while also helping raise money for local cancer patients in need. 

Sunday Hikes on the Kingston Greenline
Sun., September 21, 9:30 – 11:00 AM Kingston Wine Co.
Join us as we take another walk down a beautiful section of the Kingston Greenline. This tour will focus on the Rondout section of the Greenline and as usual has a free wine tasting at the end, courtesy of our friends at the Kingston Wine Co. Come take in the beautiful September weather before the cool fall season sets in.

Smithsonian Magazine’s Annual Museum Day Live
Sat., September 27, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM Hudson River Maritime Museum
The Hudson River Maritime Museum is proud to participate in Smithsonian Magazine’s annual Museum Day Live. Free admission as long as you get your tickets here. Join folks down on the beautiful Kingston Strand at 11 AM and enjoy the festivities!

Kingston Rail Trail Committee Meeting
Mon., September 29, 6:30 – 8:30 PM Immanuel Lutheran Church, 22 Livingston St.
The Kingston Land Trust Rail Trail Committee – the brain trust for the Kingston Greenline – meets monthly to plan and coordinate its efforts. Join us to support our vision of a better Kingston with complete streets, rail trails, and more!.

With so many different events throughout the month of September, there is a guaranteed way for everyone to welcome in the Fall season while also connecting with the community.

For more information on these events and to get more information on future events,  join our KLT Mailing List on the lower right side of our webpage and receive our monthly web newsletter.

 

Bike Friendly Kingston Hosts Second Annual Feast on Two Wheels

 

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Riders take a break during last year’s Feast on Two Wheels

Kingston NY – On Wednesday, September 17th, from 5-8pm, cyclists will fill the streets of Kingston on a three part journey known as the Feast on Two Wheels. The annual fundraiser was created by Bike-Friendly Kingston, an advocacy group that promotes improvements that would make the city more “bike-able”. Over the course of three hours, ticket holders will bike from uptown to midtown to the Rondout, with stops along the way for food and conversation. Tickets are available for purchase online .

This year, riders will enjoy appetizers from Santa Fe (11 Main Street), vegetarian or chicken tamales from Just For You (375 Broadway), and dessert at the Kingston Home Port and Education Center at the Hudson River Maritime Museum (50 Rondout Landing), provided by Grounded, a new bakery opening on lower Broadway.

The proceeds from tickets will help fund future Bike Friendly Projects including expansion of the pilot installation of “sharrows” along Delaware Avenue, a bike-ped master plan, a bike rack art installation contest and bike parking at Kingston events.

The feast begins with appetizers at 5pm at Santa Fe on 11 Main Street. After stopping at Just For You, the group will arrive at the Maritime Museum by 7pm, where local and county representatives will be on hand to talk about bicycle-friendly projects that are currently in the works. In addition to a fun ride and great food, this event is a great opportunity for attendees to learn more about Bike Friendly Kingston’s work and how  can help support the group’s mission to make Kingston the best city in the Hudson Valley for bicycling.

Parking is available at Dietz Stadium in uptown Kingston and in the municipal lot near Gallo Park in the Rondout. Participants should plan to bike back to Uptown after the conclusion of the event (about 2 miles each way), or should park downtown and ride to the start location in Uptown before the event begins at 5pm.

For more information, visit the Bike-Friendly Kingston page on Facebook. Note that tickets are limited and are expected to sell out quickly. Participants are required to bring a helmet. Bike locks and flashlights are suggested.

About Bike-Friendly Kingston – Bike-Friendly Kingston is a place for people who care about bicycling in and around Kingston, NY to connect, network, and communicate. Through our Facebook group , we share about bicycling resources, adventures, and efforts to improve the bicycling facilities and experiences in and near Kingston. We meet in real life, currently once a month, either at Keegan Ales or the Everett Hodge Center; check Events or the group Wall for more info.