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Berry Forum Marches for Climate

A crowd behind a fence protests. Iona students, faculty and staff participated in this year's event.

The Thomas Berry Forum for Ecological Dialogue, together with the Office of Mission and Ministry at Iona College, led a delegation of Iona students to New York City to participate in the School Strike for Climate on September 20, 2019. Organizers estimated the crowd at 250,000 participants. Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg and fellow climate activists led the march from Foley Square, a large plaza in lower Manhattan, approximately 2 miles south to Battery Park at the southern tip of Manhattan where music and speeches concluded the day. Greta thanked marchers as she ended her remarks with her challenge that all must keep battling. Her speech the following Monday to the General Assembly has become a sensation due to her bold, emotional and scathing denunciation of the “business as usual” approach that appears to be the default position of most larger member states at the United Nations.
Photo credits Monica Hoyt and Kevin Cawley.

A young girl and a young boy hold signs that say We're Burning and Stop Greenhouse gases, respectively. This march proved you're never too young to take an interest in caring for the planet.
A young girl holds a sign that says People who care don't matter, people who matter don't care. Greta Thunberg denounced the “business as usual” approach most larger member states are taking.
A young girl holds a sign that says School Strike for Climate in Swedish. Students from all over the world participated, including those from Sweden, where the movement originated with Greta Thunberg.
A young girl is interviewed by a newscaster. A young activist being interviewed.