On November 29, 2015, over 400 concerned Rochesterians marched through downtown, along a route that was carefully chosen to highlight the variety of ways that climate change affects our community. Speakers included Bishop Prince Singh of the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester, local labor leader Denise Young, Commissioner Norman Jones of the City’s Department of Environmental Services, and Muhammad Shafiq, Executive Director of Nazareth College’s Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies. Following the outdoor portion of the march, marchers gathered inside St. Luke’s Episcopal Church for a festive kickoff celebration of RPCC’s Twelve Days of Climate initiative, enjoying food, fellowship, and music by The Dady Brothers.
This event took place on the eve of the 21st United Nations Conference of Parties in Paris, and coincided with 2,000+ rallies, marches, and other actions worldwide that were designed to urge world leaders to achieve a universal, legally-binding agreement on climate. An additional goal of this march was to raise awareness throughout the Rochester community about the urgent need to address climate change.