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Several Princeton-based environmental organizations, have organized a two-mile walk to take place in Princeton on April 29, 2017 at 10am. Participants will be walking together and wearing green to show support and solidarity for urgent environmental issues and to educate what small steps each person can take to collectively make a difference in preserving our world.

According to Bernadette Woods-Placky, Chief Meteorologist and Climate Matters Program Director for Climate Central, “An informed public can make better and smarter choices about how to reduce the negative impact of climate change on our planet.”

Beginning at the D&R Greenway Land Trust’s headquarters on Rosedale Road, walkers will proceed into downtown Princeton to Hinds Community Plaza to be greeted by Mayor Liz Lempert. Upon arrival to Hinds Plaza. Every walker will have the opportunity to contribute to a public art piece and learn more about what we can all do to help protect and preserve our environment.

Following the rally, Princeton Environmental Commission chair and resident Sophie Glovier will share the non-partisan perspective of C-Change Conversations in the Community Room of the Princeton Public Library at noon.

Organized by a collaborative partnership between Climate Central, The D&R Greenway Land Trust, and Sustainable Princeton with support from the Princeton Public Library, the municipality and police, and Princeton Marching Forward, this walk is a local opportunity for people to take a stand on the importance of protecting the only earth we have. It will take place on the same day as the National Climate march in Washington D.C.  Molly Jones, Executive Director of Sustainable Princeton says “Local action will seed change from the roots upward. This walk provides a chance for our community to unite in support of concern about climate change.”

The route for the one way walk is approximately two miles and will take about 45 minutes. The event will be kicked off at the Johnson Education Center of the D&R Greenway Land Trust whose President and CEO Linda Mead notes, “We have been preserving open space for all to enjoy for over 25 years and the Johnson Education Center and Greenway Meadows park show just how close and walkable the outdoors is to downtown Princeton!”

The two mile, rain or shine walk will commence at The D&R Greenway’s Johnson Education Center and proceed east on Rosedale Road, South on Elm Street, east on Stockton Street, onto Nassau Street and north on Witherspoon Street to Hinds Plaza. For those who prefer a shorter walk, the municipal parking area at One Monument is available and walkers may join the group as it passes by on Stockton Street about 10:30 am.

The walk is free, open to everyone, and BYOB4W. Bring your own refillable bottle for water and wear green clothing! Positive and supportive signs are encouraged. There will be a free sign making session on Thursday April 27 from 7 pm to 8:30 pm at the D& R Greenway’s Johnson Education Center.

Registration, additional information and a map is available on websites of D&R Greenway (www.drgreenway.org) and Sustainable Princeton (www.sustainableprinceton.org). Registration is preferred, but not required to participate. The return trip walk will be at the discretion of individual walkers with the FreeB shuttle available to a stop at Elm Circle which is close to the walk’s beginning point.

For further information email Info@sustainableprinceton.org or call the D&R Greenway Land Trust during normal business hours at 609-924-4646.

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