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Walkway to Paris, pushing for international action on climate change

Jenna Flanagan

Ahead of the upcoming Paris Climate Change Conference, Hudson Valley Environmentalists invited the public to join them in a public stance against climate change on the Walkway over the Hudson.

The former railroad turned pedestrian bridge spans the Hudson from Ulster to Dutchess counties. It’s now a state park and for New Paltz Climate Action Coalition, the perfect place to engage the public.

Organizer Iris Marie Bloom says they’re asking lawmakers from Governor Cuomo to President Obama commit to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050 and to keep 80 percent of all fossil fuels in the ground.

Bloom says environmentalists predict there will be at least one degree of global warming every year if the global community agrees to significantly cut carbon emissions. However, groups like the New Paltz Climate Action Coalition say they’re hoping participants at the Paris conference should agree to hold global warming at two degrees; anything above that will push the planet into serious peril.

The Paris Climate Change Conference begins November 30 and runs through December 11. Leaders from 196 countries, including the US will be in attendance.

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Jenna first knew she was destined for a career in journalism after following the weekly reports of the Muppet News Flash as a child. In high school she wrote for her student newspaper and attended a journalism camp at SUNY New Paltz, her Hudson Valley hometown. Jenna then went on to study communications and journalism at Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ where she earned her Bachelor of Arts.