Climate rally in Potsdam sheds light on climate crisis
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 6:01 am

Ralliers hold signs supporting climate action at a rally in front of the Potsdam Post Office on Tuesday. North Country Now photo by Cheryl Shumway.

BY CHERYL SHUMWAY
North Country This Week

POTSDAM –A climate rally, including several young adults who spoke about the need for immediate action to address the climate crisis, was held on Tuesday, June 4.

The event was organized by the North Country 350 Alliance in front of the Potsdam Post Office.

“I believe that we, the people, have the right to a sustainable earth, and the future of my generation depends on the actions we take now,” said Alex Calk, senior from Canton’s Little River School.

The rally was in support of the “Our Children's Trust” constitutional climate lawsuit, Julianna vs. U.S. which held a hearing in Oregon on the same day as the rally.

“The federal government’s attempt to stop Julianna vs. U.S. from being heard clearly shows the government knows its actions were unconstitutional,” said St. Lawrence University student Nicole Panek.

Nicholas Filannino, another SLU student, said, “This climate crisis demands us all to be screaming at the top of our lungs, demanding that we change the way we think about energy, food production, business, ethics, and our basic right to clean air, soil and water.”

“I just want to challenge everybody here to vote and to bother the young people in your life to vote. Teach then that voting is power, and then make sure that when the polls open they’ll be there to cast their ballots,” Filannino said.

Among the other rally participants were Donna Calk, Dale Pondysh, Steve Molnar, Ginger Storey-Welch, Katlyn Welch, Shay Welch, Behrooz Bassim, Kathy Stein, William Hunt, Will and Ellie Siegfried, Andrew Walter, Dan and Marianne Dullea, Maggie Jenson, Pat Sullivan, and Carol Simpson.

Speakers invited those interested to attend the monthly climate action vigils on the first Friday of each month from 4-5 p.m. at the Canton Village Park.