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Protest over 5&20 in Geneva ahead of ‘Climate March’ on Friday

Earlier this morning, resident activists reveled on top of the 5&20 overpass with cars and trucks honking underneath as they prepare for Geneva’s own Climate March that will commence at 5 p.m. Friday, September 27th, beginning at Geneva’s Lakeshore Park, 35 Lakefront Drive.

The march shall feature a toxic tour that demonstrates the way the carbon economy has “benefited the few, harmed the many, damaged the environment, and now is responsible for the climate catastrophe that is already impacting the lives of women, poor people, people of color, and indigenous people across the globe.”

Beginning at Seneca Lake, the march will celebrate the ways the people of the Finger Lakes have stood together to fight against the fossil fuel sector.

Organizers also intend to shed light to the recent resurgence of spurring algal blooms that are threatening the lake and all of its inhabitants; and activists seek to draw connections to other environmental issues including flooding and droughts.

Afterwards, marchers shall cross 5&20, stopping in front of El Morro Restaurant to depict the dramatic increases in migration and immigration caused by climate change as well as present the challenges facing certain communities who are affected by extreme weather conditions.

The toxic tour will then continue along the fence-line communities around the old foundry that endured decades of lead and arsenic emissions in their soil.

Marsh Creek, the site of a major sewage spill and delayed government action in a Geneva neighborhood with a large percentage of working class and minority residents is another stop on the tour for marchers.

Complete with renewable energy, a chicken cooperative and flowers for the people, the final destination on the tour at the Community Garden on State Street hopes to remind marchers that “another world is possible if we fight for it.”

– Reporting & Photos by Gabriel Pietrorazio

An undergraduate student at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Pietrorazio has written for the Town Times of Watertown, Connecticut and Finger Lakes Times in Geneva, New York. He’s currently a reporter for FL1 News, and can be reached at [email protected].

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