WAWAYANDA — Dozens stood along Route 6 on Friday afternoon in solidarity with young people taking to the streets all around the world as part of the "Global Climate Strike."
Only a handful of protesters outside Competitive Power Ventures' natural gas-fired power plant were college-aged. Logan Gonzalez, who ran as a Democrat in the June primary for a seat on Middletown’s Common Council in the second ward, is studying politics at SUNY New Paltz and said he showed up because the world is running out of time regarding climate change.
“We have less than a decade to address the problem ... we really need all hands on deck,” he said while holding a sign as cars passed by, some honking in what seemed to be support for the cause.
Deborah Slattery came with her son, Tegan, 21, both of Slate Hill, to show their support for the cause.
Tegan, who studies music and business management at SUNY Orange, said he protested to show support for the environment, a cause his mother is passionate about, and to represent some of the youth who might have been working or in school rather than rallying with the hundreds of thousands of others around the world Friday.
“It would have been nice to have more youth out here,” he said.
Lissette Izaguirre, 36, of the Town of Wallkill, said she wanted to bring her three children to the protest, but was concerned about standing with them along a road with a 55 mph speed limit.
She and her family moved from Queens to the mid-Hudson for more open space, but environmental issues in the area — and around the world — are a serious concern for her.
“I don’t want this future for them ... I’m here for my children,” Izaguirre said.
For some protesters, this was another opportunity to remind the public of environmental issues affecting the area and the world.
“We baby boomers have your back,” said Ann Finneran, of Hurleyville.