About 700 people showed up in Hudson on Saturday, April 29 for the People’s Climate March. The group gathered at the 7th Street Park for music and speeches. Featured speakers included Assemblymember Didi Barrett (D -106th), Scenic Hudson President Ned Sullivan, Brian McCormack of the Columbia County Sanctuary Movement, Karen Frischkoff of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, and clean water activist Michelle O’Leary from Hoosic Falls, who is a plaintiff in the class action suit against Saint-Gobain and Honeywell. Will Yandik, a local farmer and 2016 congressional candidate, also spoke, saying, “Thanks for coming, thanks for being counted, and thanks for being on the right side of history.” The gathering marched down Warren Street to Basilica Hudson where the people gathered, talked, took pictures of the various signs and stopped at informational displays that were set up.
Pictured outside of the Basilica, five-year-old Simon was with the group from the Grafton Peace Pagoda. Behind him is Buddhist nun Jun Yasuda who is known for her peace walks that focus attention to various causes.