Jan. 22 Prayer Vigil for Climate Action on Brooklyn Bridge, NYC
Though much smaller than the massive marches of the previous days, 70 multi-faith prayer vigils for Climate Action, promoted by GreenFaith, were held around the country within the first 100 hours of the new administration. Metro NY Catholic Climate Movement participated in the NYC vigil on the Brooklyn Bridge which had 150 participants on a rainy Sunday evening. (Number evidence: the number of tea lights handed out – 144 and we ran out.) People and faith leaders from the Christian, Buddhist, Hindu and Jewish communities participated in the vigil. The vigils were organized so that we, as people of faith, could show our love and care for the Earth, and our commitment to people, planet, and communities in a public way.
The vigils took place on the heels of 2016 being declared the hottest year on record after 2015 and 2014; of climate deniers and individuals heavily invested in fossil fuels being selected for Cabinet posts, and of the new president deleting the “climate change” section off the White House website.
They were organized as part of the People’s Climate Movement – a coalition of environmental, faith, labor, environmental justice, racial and economic justice, and other groups and were the start of a campaign to build for a People’s Climate March in Washington, D.C. on April 29….SAVE THE DATE!!
Here is the link to a 4-minute video to give you a better sense of the vigil… produced by Juan Carlos Velasquez, a professional videographer.