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Climate Action in the North Country Ramping Up

A great turn out at the first Monthly Climate Action Vigil in Potsdam on Friday, December 13th (Photo: Ginger Story-Welch)

Climate Action in the North Country Ramping Up

By Alex Calk
December 19, 2019

On Friday, December 6th, a group of people sang together in harmony in the Canton Park.  We were bundled up in coats, hats, and gloves as icy wind and snow swept through town. The lyrics, I’m Dreaming of a Green Christmas, joined us for a singular purpose - climate activism. As cars sped by and people passed with children, we raised our voices in song. The goal of all 50 people present, old and young, was to send a desperate plea for concrete climate action to our government.


Canton Vigil December

Photo: Emlyn Crocker, Canton Vigil, December 6th 2019.


This was the 10th Monthly Climate Action Vigil in the Canton Village Park. Many people spoke about the importance of climate action and how the climate crisis will affect their future, including students from Canton High School, St. Lawrence University, and Little River Community School.

Earlier that day, three of us drove to Plattsburg, where 100 people joined a protest calling on local congresswoman Elise Stefanik to declare a climate emergency, support the Green New Deal, and stop taking money from fossil fuel companies. We are calling on our leaders to do what is right by the people, not by oil, gas, and coal executives. 


Plattsburg NY Protest

Photo: Kayla Breen, Press-Republican, December 7th, 2019


All over the North Country, people are rallying in support of climate action. In keeping with this, a new Monthly Climate Action Vigil in Potsdam premiered Friday, December 13th. Nearly 40 people joined for a nonviolent protest demanding action on the climate crisis. This additional location will allow more people in the North Country to be involved in climate activism. 

The next vigils will be January 3rd from 4-5 pm in the Canton Village Park, and January 10th, from 4-5 pm at the Potsdam Post Office.

We hope to see you there!


By Alex Calk

Alex is a senior at Little River Community School, and moved from New York City to Canton last year. They enjoy acting, singing, psychology, Spanish, environmental studies, and politics. Alex is also an intern for the Monthly Climate Action Vigil, which takes place on the first Friday of the month on the Canton Village Green. The vigil focuses on raising awareness on the climate crisis and calls on our government to regulate and combat the crisis effectively. Alex will be focusing on environmental journalism this fall with Nature Up North.