rachelbutler rachelbutler, September 18, 2014

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Media Advisory: Ahead of People’s Climate March, Landowners and Indigenous Groups to Hold Hudson River Water Ceremony

New York, NY — As tens of thousands of people arrive in New York City for what is expected to be the largest demonstration for climate action in history, a coalition of environmental and indigenous groups will gather on Saturday, September 20 along the Hudson River for a traditional water ceremony that will highlight the importance of water and the threat to the Hudson River from climate change, as well as from the transport of crude oil. The event on the Hudson is particularly timely, given the events taking place in New York City this weekend, as well as the widely opposed plans to ship Canadian tar sands crude and fracked crude from North Dakota down the river from Albany.

What: Press conference and water ceremony aboard the historic Steamship Lilac. Local tribal leaders will welcome the group to their territory and water samples from around the continent will be offered in a ceremony that includes music, a discussion of issues affecting water, and a symbolic blessing of the water.

Who: Over 100 people are expected to participate in the ceremony, including representatives from the Indigenous Environmental Network, Cowboy and Indian Alliance (CIA), Bold Nebraska, the Sloop Clearwater, the SeaChange fleet of full-scale paper boats that will be completing its voyage the full length of the Hudson river, and local indigenous leaders as well as indigenous leaders from Canada, the American heartland, Ecuador, and more.

When: Saturday, September 20 from 10:00am to 12:00pm. Press conference is at 10:30.

Where: The events will take place on board the Steamship Lilac at Pier 25, West Street and N. Moore Street (Map)

Why: To highlight the threat of climate change and transport of crude oil to the Hudson River; to highlight the importance of water to all beings; to connect the threats currently posed to the Hudson to issues affecting water and climate across the country and worldwide; to bring indigenous and non-indigenous leaders together before the People’s Climate March and UN Climate Summit.

Visuals: Indigenous leaders dressed in full traditional regalia; a fleet of full-scale paper boats and sailboats bearing anti-tar sands; the Sloop ClearWater with giant banners about climate, fracking, tar sands and the Hudson River.