NEW PALTZ – Several hundred students from local public schools and the SUNY New Paltz gathered at Elting Memorial Library on Main Street in New Paltz to voice their concern about threats they believe come along with climate change. This was one of thousands of climate strikes happening around the globe on Friday morning.
The crowd heard from student speakers of all ages, State Senator Jennifer Metzger (D, Rosendale), New Paltz Village Mayor Timothy Rogers and others.
Jana Bergere from the New York Public Interest Research Group spoke about the need for young people to vote in order to hold our representatives accountable on the issue of climate change.
“These politicians want to win, so we need to make the message clear that if they want to be re-elected, or win for the first time, they must make the fight against the fossil fuel industry a priority,” Bergere said. “Congressman Delgado is not trying hard enough, Congressman Maloney is not trying hard enough, and we need to let them know!”