SUMMER SOLSTICE ENVIRONMENTAL GATHERING UNITES COMMUNITIES OF CRARYVILLE AND LIVINGSTON
On Friday, June 21, Save Craryville and Livingston Concerned Citizens hosted a Summer Solstice Party for community activists and supporters at Random Harvest’s Community Space on Route 23 in Craryville. 70 community members attended, with food provided by Lil’ Deb’s Oasis of Hudson. The purpose of the gathering was to build a sense of community, share information about environmental issues and resources, and also to benefit the Legal Funds for the two organizations.
The sold-out party began just before sunset, in a room that overlooks the proposed GRJH gas station/convenience store site. Against that backdrop of sun-drenched rural scenery, guests discussed their common areas of concern regarding petroleum fuel development in sensitive environmental areas. Local homeowners attended, as well as organic farmers and the founder of Hudson Valley Solar. One each table was a copy of a pocket-sized book called No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference, by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg. Thunberg’s “School Strikes for Climate,” in which she sat outside the Swedish Parliament, eventually grew into a worldwide movement by children and teenagers, whose school strikes became known as #FridaysForFuture. Since August 2018, Greta and other youth activists have inspired millions of student strikes, governments, corporations and heads of state around the world to focus on climate-related issues.
Jamie Carano, Director of Save Craryville, told a group of Craryville residents, “We wanted to share the inspiration of Greta Thunberg for this community event, especially since we are holding it on the evening of the Swedish Midsummer. Since Save Craryville’s creation last year, Greta has gone from being a lone student protester on the steps of Swedish Parliament to a nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize.” Jokingly Carano added, “And we were only able to fill Random Harvest for a party! Still, there is an opportunity here to find ways to connect and empower our community-at-large.”
Also speaking at the event was Amy Davidsen, co-founder of Save Craryville and Executive Director of The Climate Group. She focused on facts—and that the looming danger of climate change and urgency for holding the line at a 1.5℃ world are overwhelmingly supported by the scientific community. Harry Franklin spoke on behalf of Livingston Concerned Citizens, specifically calling on citizens to stay engaged, vote and participate publicly in planning the future of our communities.
Kallan Benson, the 15-year-old Maryland climate activist and organizer of #FridaysForFutureUSA is also a supporter. As she wrote in her email to Save Craryville: “We are growing. I believe the movement will be strongest if we can bring together activists from communities across the country to share what works well and to coordinate with the world community.”
As the festive evening wrapped up, Carano told that crowd that “Moving forward, Save Craryville hopes to plan environmental meetings and resources at Random Harvest’s Community Space. We want to create a ‘safe space’ for youth and adults alike to learn about environmental issues and share resources for engaging with the community.”
About Save Craryville
Save Craryville’s mission is to inform, organize and activate the region to support community-driven, sustainable development in the hamlet of Craryville, Town of Copake, New York. The community coalition is a group of dedicated local volunteers who research, strategize and organize to ensure that the interests of the community are never sacrificed for corporate interests. Save Craryville’s activities are fully funded by donations from community members.
Learn more at SaveCraryville.org.
About Livingston Concerned Citizens
Livingston Concerned Citizens is an activist community coalition formed in response to plans by Global Partners LP to develop one of the largest gas station-convenience stores in Columbia County at an environmentally sensitive intersection near Bell’s Pond in Livingston, NY. The group is calling on the Livingston Planning Board to require full environmental due diligence under the law. Learn more at LivingstonConcernedCitizens.com.
About The Climate Group
The mission of the Climate Group is to accelerate climate action, focusing on the greatest global opportunities for change. The organization’s goal is to support a world with no more than 1.5°C of global warming and greater prosperity for all. The Climate Group brings together powerful networks of businesses and governments, capable of shifting global markets and policies toward this goal. Learn more at TheClimateGroup.org.
About Fridays for Future USA
#FridaysForFuture is a movement that began in August 2018, after 15-year-old Greta Thunberg sat in front of the Swedish parliament every school day for three weeks to protest against the lack of action on the climate crisis. She posted what she was doing on Instagram and Twitter and it soon went viral. Greta decided to continue striking every Friday until the Swedish policies provided a safe pathway well under 2-degree C, i.e. in line with the Paris agreement. The hashtags #FridaysForFuture and #Climatestrike spread and many students and adults began to protest outside of their parliaments and local city halls all over the world, including here in the US. Thunberg has since been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Learn more at FridaysForFuture.org.
Copake Planning Board Public Hearing
Thursday, August 1 – 7:00P
Copake Town Hall
Livingston Planning Board Public Hearing
Wednesday, August 7 – 7:00P
Livingston Town Hall