Earth Week 2016

This is an archived page for a past event, originally held in April 2016


Join us in celebrating and protecting our planet during Earth Week 2016!  The member organizations of the Rochester People’s Climate Coalition are sponsoring a series of events that will provide participants with a variety of opportunities to take action on climate.

We invite you to take advantage of our “daily specials” to get a taste of what we have to offer.  There’s something for everyone!  See complete calendar and event details below and invite your friends and family to participate via our Facebook event page.

Saturday, April 16

Activating Hope

  • What: An opportunity for climate activists and others to gain practical tools to prevent burnout.  This will be a gentle, experiential, time filled with compassionate self-care, increased understanding, and healing in a community of like-minded folks.  Based on the work of Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone.
  • When: 10:00 – 1:00 pm
  • Where: Gandhi Institute / 929 S. Plymouth Ave, Rochester, New York 14608
  • Pre-registration requested by Monday, April 12 (limited to 20 participants).  For more information or to register, contact Padme Livingstone –, (585) 381-2093.  Donations gratefully accepted.
  • Sponsors include the Pachamama Alliance and M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence

Rochester Youth Climate Leaders (RYCL) Open Meeting

  • What: Middle and high school students from around the Greater Rochester Area are teaming up to take action on climate!  Join their April meeting to find out what they’re working on and how to get involved.  All students in grades 6-12 are welcome to attend.
  • When: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
  • Where: Genesee Community Charter School (at the RMSC) / 657 East Avenue, Rochester
  • For more information contact Terry Smith –


Sunday, April 17

“Forks Over Knives” Film Screening  

  • What: Animal agriculture is a significant source of greenhouse gases, and thus a leading cause of climate change.  This ground-breaking film will inspire and support you in your choice of plant-based eating.  Followed by panel discussion and Q&A session with Rochester-area physicians Ted D. Barnett, MD, Thomas Campbell, MD, and Kerry Graff, MD.  
  • When: 2:00 pm
  • Where: Rochester Academy of Medicine Auditorium / 1441 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14610
  • Free admission; please register if possible at  Takeaway literature will be provided to all attendees.  For more information about the film, see
  • Sponsors include the Rochester Area Vegan Society

Climate Action 101

  • What: During this introduction to climate activism, we will explore what activism is, what makes for effective activism, and what climate action opportunities are available locally.  Experienced activists who have taken a variety of approaches to fighting climate change will share their stories and answer your questions.  Our goal is to help you find a form of climate activism that you’ll enjoy!
  • When: 5:00 – 7:00 pm
  • Where: RIT Campus, SAU (Student Alumni Union) in the 1829 Room
  • Free parking available in D Lot.  Walk along the right side of the Ritter Ice Rink, entrance to the SAU is opposite the Paley Statue.  Enter the building and turn left at Ben & Jerry’s!
  • For more information contact Abigail McHugh-Grifa –
  • Sponsors include Rochester Climate Action and RIT’s Student Environmental Action League


Monday, April 18

Connecting with Conservatives on Climate Change, with Citizens’ Climate Lobby

  • What: Climate change is a non-partisan issue! Join members of Citizens’ Climate Lobby for an interactive workshop on engaging friends, neighbors and politicians from all backgrounds, in taking action for a healthy climate. We’ll offer practical tips for de-polarizing the issue and finding common ground. We’ll also introduce you to a market-based solution to climate change that has conservative appeal. Wherever you sit on the political spectrum, you’ll leave inspired and ready to act!
  • When: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
  • Where: First Unitarian Church, Rm 110 / 220 S Winton Rd, Rochester, NY 14610
  • For more information contact
  • Sponsors include Citizens’ Climate Lobby and the Environmental/Climate Task Force of the First Unitarian Church of Rochester


Tuesday, April 19

New York State Policy Sampler

  • What: There are a number of legislative options that NYS could pursue to combat climate change, including 100% Renewable Energy, Carbon Tax, Divestment, Insurance Surety for Bakken Oil, and the NYRenews Campaign.  Join local activists for a panel presentation and question & answer session.
  • When: 7:00 pm
  • Where: St. Thomas Church  / 2000 Highland Ave, Rochester, NY 14618
  • For more information contact Sue Hughes-Smith –
  • Sponsored by RPCC and St. Thomas Church

Presidential primary

  • What: The United States President plays an important role in shaping climate policy, for better or worse, so we the people need to vote for candidates who will protect our planet!
  • When: 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Where: Your polling place
  • For more information about how and where to vote, visit


Wednesday, April 20

“Dirt! The Movie” Film Screening

  • What: Come see Dirt! The Movie followed by a discussion of Agroecology and farming.  Travel the world to see how the skin of our earth (i.e., dirt) gives the healthiest produce and absorbs massive amounts of greenhouse gases, when properly cared for.
  • When: 7:00 pm
  • Where: First Unitarian Church, Williams Gallery / 220 S Winton Rd, Rochester, NY 14610
  • For more information, visit or contact John Keevert –
  • Sponsors include the Environmental/Climate Task Force of the First Unitarian Church of Rochester and NOFA-NY


Thursday, April 21

Earth Eve Climate March Forward

  • What: Come rally and join in a short march, starting and ending with live music!  Speakers include Rev. Myra Brown, Mary Lupien, and Elizabeth Henderson.  Everyone wanted and welcome!
  • When: 5:00 – 6:00 pm
  • Where: beginning at Washington Square Park / 181 S. Clinton Ave. 14604
  • Bring your own signs or pick one of ours.  Food trucks with vegan options available.  Sign language interpreting available.  For more information and to RSVP, please visit our Facebook event page or contact Wendy – 943-4846,
  • Sponsors include Mothers Out Front

Sierra Club’s 18th Annual Forum – Agriculture and Climate: Unleashing Sustainable Choices

  • What: Virtually absent from mainstream discussions of climate change, agricultural greenhouse emissions exceed the total emissions of the transportation sector.  This Forum will open a discussion on this topic and show us how our choices matter.  Speakers include Keegan Kuhn, co-director of the award-winning film Cowspiracy, Klaas & Mary-Howell Martens, organic farmers for over 20 years, and Carly Fox, worker rights advocate for farmworkers in New York state.
  • When: 6:00 – 9:00 pm
  • Where: First Universalist Church / 150 S Clinton Ave, Rochester, NY 14604
  • For more information, visit


Friday, April 22

Climate Vigil: Liberating the Earth and Ourselves

  • What: The Climate Crisis is also a moral crisis.  Join people of all faiths as we gather to highlight this connection.  There will be speakers, quiet time to reflect or meditate.
  • When: 12:00 pm (noon)
  • Where: Christ Church, 141 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14604
  • Sponsors include Christ Church and Earth Vigil