The Climate Strike Was Just the Beginning of Local Climate Action

When a crowd of about 1,500 gathered at Kalamazoo’s Arcadia Festival Place on September 20, a number of People’s people were there to emphasize the need for significant and prompt action to combat climate change. There were inspiring and informative speakers, including several of the youth who helped organize the march and rally. About 25 organizations had tables with information and action suggestions. Musicians entertained the crowd with relevant music, including some written by the young performers themselves.

It was exciting to hear the Kalamazoo Public Library announce that the 2020 “Reading Together” book will be Jonathan Safran Foer’s We are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast. According to the promotional flyer, the book “explores the central global dilemma of our time in a surprising, deeply personal and urgent new way.” The author’s speech on March 10 at Chenery Auditorium should stimulate some significant discussion and action.

The Kalamazoo Climate Crisis Coalition, coordinators of the Climate Strike event in Kalamazoo, are planning “Fridays for Future”, a series of free noontime lectures hosted by various coalition members. On October 4, the Kalamazoo Nature Center will host Paul Clements speaking about “Institutions and Politics of the Climate Crisis,” and on October 11, WMU’s Office of Sustainability will present Deirdre Courtney, Casey Schotter and People’s member Allen Webb talking about “Climate Refugees, Migrants, and Displaced People.” For details about future events, visit the Coalition’s website at

We hope to see you at some of the events!

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