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We’re getting closer and closer to the People’s Climate March- CNY. Only a few days away. Getting our voices heard by our government and by the media is a difficult thing to do. But together, we can make a statement, take action, and bring about awareness. Together our voices will be louder than ever before! Be a part of this national movement and march with us. Stomp your feet, make noise, be inspired, and be inspiring!

On April 29th we will be featuring several awe inspiring local community members who have volunteered to come up on stage to make strong points about climate change. Climate change is something that disproportionately affects the world. The United States has repeatedly been one of the highest emitting countries in the world and this needs to change. Those speaking at the People’s Climate March- CNY will be addressing several climate change issues and how you can play your part in making the world a better, cleaner, and more sustainable place for all living creatures on this planet

Get to know more about our speakers: 

David Alicea- Upstate Senior Organizing Representative for the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign

David Alicea is a lifelong New Yorker and has been actively engaged in advocacy work since 2010. David holds a Master’s in Professional Study from SUNY ESF where he focused on environmental communication.

Dr. Jamie S. Bodenlos- Associate Professor in Psychology at Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Dr. Bodenlos is a licensed clinical psychologist and Associate Professor at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY where she has worked since 2009. She earned her Ph.D. from Louisiana State University in 2006 and completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in in the Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 2008. She has over 40 peer-reviewed publications in the area of clinical health psychology with a specific emphasis on external factors that affect eating behavior and the role of mindfulness in health.

Dr. Colin Beier- Associate Professor of Ecology, Department of Forest & Natural Resources Management at SUNY ESF

Dr. Colin Beier is a husband and father, and both a teacher and student of the natural world.  Currently an associate professor of ecology at SUNY ESF, Dr. Beier and his collaborators investigate how complex landscapes like the Adirondacks are experiencing changes due to simultaneous impacts of climate, pollution, invasive species, land use, and other human activities, and what these changes mean for the economic and cultural well-being of the region.  His doctoral work at the University of Alaska focused on the resilience of southeast Alaska ecosystems and communities in response to 20th century changes in climate and federal governance of public lands.  He resides in the City of Syracuse with his Alaskan born-and-raised wife, their two girls, and enjoys cooking and making music with friends. Beier is a recipient of several NSF fellowships for coupled natural-human systems research, and is an Affiliate Fellow of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics.

Marie Sansone- Syracuse Native and former Acting Director for the District of Columbia’s Environmental Health Administration

Marie Sansone grew up in Syracuse during the environmental movement of the 1960s and 1970s, where her Westhill High School environmental science class fueled a lifelong passion for environmental conservation. She went on to graduate from the George Washington University and Stanford Law School, where she served as president of the Stanford Environmental Law Society. After many years as an assistant attorney general handling environmental and public health matters for the States of Alaska and Colorado and the District of Columbia, Marie served on the District of Columbia Department of Health senior management team, acting as the Director of the District’s Environmental Health Administration. She played an instrumental role in creating the District of Columbia Department of Energy and the Environment – the environmental protection and regulatory agency for the Nation’s Capital – and in formulating the environmental elements of the District’s comprehensive land use plan.

Peter F. Cannavò- Associate Professor of Government and Director of Environmental Studies, Hamilton College

Peter F. Cannavò is an environmental political theorist.  He is an Associate Professor of Government and Director of Environmental Studies, Hamilton College.  He received his A.B. and Ph.D. from Harvard University and an M.P.A. from Princeton University.  He is the author of The Working Landscape: Founding, Preservation, and the Politics of Place, and co-editor (with Joseph H. Lane, Jr.) of Engaging Nature: Environmentalism, Concepts of Nature, and the Study of the Political Theory Canon.  Cannavò has published in Environmental Politics, Environmental Values, and Political Theory, and has also contributed opinion pieces to several media outlets, including The Huffington Post and USA Today.

Ethan Bodnaruk-Citizen’s Climate Lobby and Religions for Peace

Ethan Bodnaruk is an ecological engineer and an avid composter running a bicycle-powered neighborhood composting experiment.

David Driesen- Professor at Syracuse University College of Law and member of the CNY Solidarity Coalition

David Driesen is a University Professor at Syracuse University. His teaching and scholarship focuses on climate disruption and environmental law. He is a member scholar of the Center for Progressive Reform and holds a J.D. from the Yale Law School.

Elizabeth Grace Ferguson- High School Senior at Tully High School

Liz Ferguson is a senior at Tully High School, about 15 miles south of Syracuse, New York. She became concerned about climate change when her grandmother, Katherine Burns, brought it to her attention at a very young age. She clearly remembers helping her grandma make signs for demonstrations and asking questions about fracking and fossil fuels. Ever since elementary school, she had a concern for the world. She remembers first learning about climate change in her freshman year of high school, and being perplexed at all of her disinterested peers. They were learning about something important: our Earth, our home, our everything. She hope to be apart of the solution to this unfortunate disaster.

Dick Degraff – Owner of Grindstone Farms

Dick de Graff owner of Grindstone Farm, Pulaski New York since 1981. He has been engaged in agriculture in Oswego County for 60 plus years. Dick has been a NOFA Certified organic farmer since 1988. Crops grown now include most vegetables and blueberries. Grindstone Farm has been and continues to be a training ground for a number of young and beginning farmers.

Chris Carrick- Energy Program Manager Representing the  Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board

Chris Carrick directs the Energy Management Program for the Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board, a public agency that serves Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga and Oswego counties. Chris and his team help municipalities and communities to reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions through community planning and development of clean energy projects including solar, wind and energy efficiency. Chris did graduate work at the University of California-Davis and Cornell University, and has over twenty years of experience in British Columbia, California, Maine and New York.

Freida Jacques- Onondaga Nation, Turtle Clan Mother

Freida Jacques- Onondaga Nation’s Turtle Clan Mother

Freida J. Jacques, Onondaga, whose native name is Whatwehni:neh, is presently employed at the Onondaga Nation School as a Home/School Liaison. She has served as a bridge between her culture and the many educational institutions in Central New York. Peace and healing are subjects she is passionate about. She has been a leader in her Nation for over 40 years, a Clanmother of the Turtle Clan. She has three published essays: “Discipline of the Good Mind,” Northeast Indian Quarterly, Cornell University Summer 1991; “Use the Good Mind,” an interview, in Winds of Change, Spring 1997; and “Beyond Healing: a Gift to the World,” in Indian Country Today newspaper, April 5, 2000. Freida has also put in countless hours travelling across the State of New York to voice her opinions against hydro-fracking. 

Peter Wirth- Community Member and CCAA Member

Peter attended the first Earth Day Rally in 1970  as a Junior at ESF. He has been a lifelong activist: civil rights work in Miss.,1970; active in the Vietnam anti-war movement; civil disobedience; Central American solidarity work in the 1980’s; involved in the Palestinian/Israeli issue and today focusing on climate change education and advocacy. BA in Sociology, Syr. Univ., Master’s in Social Work with a concentration in community organizing.

Susanne Farrington- Community Member and Amateur Poet

Susanne was born on Long Island in 1940. She live 2 miles from Hamilton, NY, in a wood-heated home with 20 solar panels that feed into the grid.  Formerly, she wrote an environmental column for the local weekly paper, and still writes letters to editors that originate as letters to her congressmen. She enjoys playing accordion with other volunteer musicians at nursing homes. For over 30 years she has been making  functional pottery which she sells at Hamilton’s Farmers’ Market. She gets satisfaction in building community with friends, customers, and vendors as she sell her wares.

Jessica Maxwell-Board Member for the Alliance for a Green Economy (AGREE)

Jessica grew up on her family’s farm in Herkimer County and has been organizing on social justice an environmental justice in the Syracuse area for the past 20 years. Now the mother of a 21 month old, she is more inspired than ever to protect our planet in the present and for the future.