Ithaca People’s Climate March

Episode 87 of Walk in the Park TV.¬†200 Ithacans joined people in more than 2800 locations in 166 countries and in New York City as part of the global People’s Climate March on September 21, 2014. After activities in front of Ithaca’s First Presbyterian Church coordinated at 1:00 p.m. worldwide, they marched by DeWill Park in downtown Ithaca and along sidewalks around the city block back to the church. There they met inside with a live feed from the huge NYC march, heard from local climate activists and public officials (including a group reading of a powerful statement from NYS Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton, who was at the NYC march: see below). This was followed by an open question and answer and discussion session about this being a kickoff event for future climate crisis action.

Watch the show on Ithaca TV at 8:00 tonight (see below) or right here anytime!

Barbara Lifton’s letter:
“We are at a critical time in confronting Climate Change, with increasingly serious warnings coming from the International Panel on Climate Change and the United States National Climate Assessment. Scientists tell us that the next decade is our last chance to stop the worst in climate change, so I have gone to join with other legislators in New York City to make our, and your, voices heard amongst the tens of thousands who understand this threat and demand political action. We will not stand on the sidelines and allow the earth to be polluted. We will not allow wealthy interests who deny the truth to drastically alter the balance that countless species, and the well-being of humanity, depends upon. Continuing to dump greenhouse gases without conscience is the act of extreme corporations who must not be allowed to put their personal interests over those of our own. Organizing, acting, and protesting for the good of every living thing on earth is not an extreme measure, and I thank you for joining with me, and all of us in this endeavor today.”

For more information about local climate action, see the Sustainable Tompkins website at

Walk in the Park is a public access television series in Ithaca, NY, produced by Owl Gorge Productions, To see all of our episodes, go to This is episode 87. Walk in the Park can be watched on Ithaca area Time Warner Cable channels 13 and 97.3 on Thursdays at 9:00 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30 a.m., and Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. The final cablecast of this episode is tonight at 8:00.



Jobs in Parks

For the second year, I was asked to come to DeWitt Middle School in Ithaca to be a speaker during their “Looking to the Future Day,” their annual career day for 8th grade students. So, on November 30, I used my Powerpoint to explain the broad range of parks, preserves, and similar sites and organizations where one might pursue a career in “Parks and Recreation.” After fumbling for several minutes with wires, I hooked up a lapel mike to myself and started my video camera and recorded my talk for Walk in the Park TV (episode 31). Later, I exported all the Powerpoint slides as jpegs and then imported them into my video editor to illustrate my talk. 95% of the show is the slides with my voice beneath, while I navigate across each image on the screen as I discuss the topic. This is essentially a version of a talk I gave at Wells College last winter. You may find it interesting. It also is being shown on Ithaca’s public access cable TV channel 13, with airings scheduled for this Saturday and Sunday, each day at 10:30 a.m., and finally on Tuesday at 8:00 p.m., though the station manager does show it at other times as well.

Below is my description of my talk for the students when they signed up for it:

Mary is a bookkeeper, Doug is a carpenter, Jane is a Jack-of-all-trades, Mike likes working with people, Brittany loves hiking, Sam loves landscaping, Jody loves kids, and Jorge is interested in law enforcement. Which among them could find a satisfying career in parks and recreation?

All of them.

It takes a broad team of professions to run a park, or a park system. Parks are natural places, but parks serve people. Every park has to strike a balance between preserving nature and making it accessible, safe, and enjoyable for the public. There is a career for you in parks and recreation, whether you are purchasing land, making a landscape plan, mowing lawns, or training staff; or constructing and maintaining park trails, roads, campgrounds, buildings, swimming areas, boat launches and marinas, golf courses, and playgrounds; or conducting nature education activities, running a concert series, staffing a recreation center, designing publications and exhibits; or managing a payroll, personnel records, grant writing, or secretarial and administrative work. If you want to be a biologist, geologist, historian, or biological technician, there are jobs in parks and recreation.

Don’t Frack NY! Rally and March in Albany, August 27, 2012

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Don't Frack NY protestors march from the waterfront to the capital on Monday to deliver their pledge of resistance to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Episode 18 of “Walk in the Park,” a public access TV show in Ithaca, NY. See the whole show online below, or if you have cable in the Ithaca area catch it on channel 13 Thursday, August 30, at 9:00 p.m., on Saturday or Sunday at 10:30 a.m., or on Tuesday, September 4 at 8:00 p.m.

Host Tony Ingraham takes us to Thacher State Park outside of Albany and explains some of the geology behind the Marcellus Shale, which is being exploited by deep horizontal hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” in Pennsylvania and other states for “natural gas.” New York has had a moratorium on fracking while it studies the subject before issuing a generic environmental impact statement that will supersede local regulatory control. Governor Andrew Cuomo is said to be about to allow fracking in several Southern Tier NY counties. Opponents of fracking gathered in Albany on August 27 to pledge resistance to fracking anywhere in New York ¬†during their rally and march from Corning Preserve Park along the Hudson River in Albany, past the Empire State Plaza to West Capital Park. This episode of Walk in the Park follows this march.