PRESS PHOTOS BY DENNIS GLEW7700. Ron Harley of Walnutport left no doubt about his opinion of the current administration’s leadership of the climate crisis.
7703. Why bring one sign to the climate strike when you can bring four? Tim Gruber planned to recruit assistants to help hold his posters.
Cattle raised for meat are one of the largest sources of greenhouse gas. A meatless diet would alleviate America’s climate crisis.
7783. Little Trump, as its owner named this balloon, was the source of a lot of laughter among the crowd.
PRESS PHOTOS BY DENNIS GLEWTara Zrinski, a member of the Northampton County Council, delivers a strong address.
Mimi Lang of Bethlehem is no stranger to demonstrations, having attended her first during the time of the Vietnam War. Poor health didn’t keep her away from the Climate Strike, but she did bring along a walking stick that conveniently turns into a stool.
Stefan Christiansen is only 5 years old, but he doesn’t hesitate to take the microphone and tell the crowd why He came to the strike: he wants clean air.
Danielle Hanson (left), Logan Farinhas, Chelsea Hill and Asher Glynn and his 4-year-old son, Josiah, turn their signs toward the traffic turning from New Street onto Church Street. Many drivers honked their support.
A large group of students from Lehigh University hike from campus to Payrow Plaza, responding collectively to a leader’s chants calling for action on the climate crisis.
Students left no doubt about their reasons for attending the strike.
Sharon Davis and many others see the climate crisis in personal terms.
Rebecca Salasburger-Frank, one of the leaders of the Lehigh students, addresses the crowd about the concerns she shares with many other young people.
Students at Lehigh are organizing to promote a green campus.
Young and Old Rally Against Climate Change
Anyone driving past the main branch of the Bethlehem Area Public Library Friday afternoon would have been taken aback by the crowd that had assembled at Payrow Plaza. Many of the approximately 150 people were holding signs addressing the issue of climate change. In addition to local climate activists, there were some parents and their children. There was also a sizeable group of students from Lehigh University who were representing multiple clubs on campus concerned about climate change.
Anita Forester, a Northampton Community College professor, arranged the demonstration and other groups got on board.
Multiple speakers addressed the crowd. Ashley Barasso, a student at NCC and president of the Climate Action Network at the college’s Bethlehem campus, articulated the demands of climate change activists. She wrapped up her presentation with the observation that “together we have the power to make change, and it all starts here today.”
Tara Zrinski, a faculty member at NCC, is also a member of the Northampton County Council. Her interest in climate change is reflected in the fact that she has been appointed to serve as council liaison on recycling and solid waste.
Several speakers urged the audience to take action against climate change. Among the suggestions were “go vegan,” or at least cut back on meat consumption, control the human impulse to be wasteful, stop using fossil fuels, move toward 100 percent renewable energy, post on social media about the climate situation, plant your own food and call your elected officials.
Some speakers led the crowd in chants, such as “What do we want! Climate justice. When do we want it? Now!”
All in all, it was a spirited event attended by people of all ages who are quite concerned about our planet and its inhabitants.