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Earth Day rally, cleanup events planned for weekend

The Capital Roots Community Garden at Craig and Wyllie streets in Schenectady on Thursday.
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The Capital Roots Community Garden at Craig and Wyllie streets in Schenectady on Thursday.

SCHENECTADY — A climate rally and march will take place downtown Saturday in honor of Earth Day. 

The Schenectady March for Climate is scheduled to kickoff at noon at the steps of City Hall, marking the first time the event has taken place in more than 15 years. It will feature live music and speeches from Mayor Gary McCarthy, local students and community organizers in honor of Earth Day, which is celebrated Friday, according to a news release.

A small march through the heart of downtown is scheduled following the rally, which aims to celebrate steps the city has taken in recent years to reduce its carbon footprint.  

“This event is in honor of Earth Day and is a means to both celebrate the amazing work Schenectady has done already in environmental activism, and to motivate and inspire Schenectady to be a shining example of a green city throughout New York and the U.S.,” the release said. 

The rally is just one of a number of events being held locally in honor of Earth Day.

On Friday, volunteers from Trustco Bank will be planting perennials at the community garden located at the corner of Craig and Wyllie streets. 

The garden is one of six in the city owned by Capital Roots, a Troy-based nonprofit working to provide access to fresh, healthy food throughout the Capital Region. Volunteers from Tri-City Rentals and BestPass will be working to improve gardens in Albany and Troy, respectively. 

“Not only are community gardens important food-growing sources, but they’re meant to be assets to the neighborhoods,” said Amy Klein, CEO of Capital Roots.

Several clean ups are also scheduled in the coming days, including those in the Woodlawn and Goose Hill neighborhoods. 

Neighbors will be gathering Saturday at the Woodlawn Preserve from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., as well as at Woodlawn Park from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to pick up litter, remove brush, rake and complete other tasks. 

The Goose Hill Neighborhood Association is also seeking volunteers for its Saturday clean up from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Those interested in volunteering can register online by visiting the association’s Facebook page.

Contact reporter Chad Arnold at: 518-410-5117 or [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter: @ChadGArnold.  

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