Ithaca High School Climate Action Expo May 22

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This is a community announcement from Ithaca High School regarding their Climate Action Expo. It was not written by The Ithaca Voice. To submit community announcements, please send them to Matt Butler at [email protected]

Ithaca High School (IHS) will host the first-ever IHS Climate Action Expo on Sunday, May 22 from 1-5 p.m. at the IHS Welcome Center, 1401 N. Cayuga St.

The exhibition will include exhibits, presentations and discussions on tackling climate change through a variety of individual, community and global approaches. Attendees will have the opportunity to watch the annual Junior Solar Sprint Challenge, sponsored by the IHS Technology and Engineering Department, tour Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Tiny PowerHouse, see one of TCAT’s new electric buses , and more.

“Ithaca High School is proud to host the first IHS Climate Action Expo,” said principal Jason Trumble. “Students and staff worked together to organize an event to educate attendees about the realities of the climate crisis and equip them with a range of tools to deal with it.”

IHS Library Media Specialist Armin Heurich and student collaborators Eden Lewis and Kylie Golden-Appleton explained that the guiding principle of the organizing group is to reimagine our future, especially with respect to the environment, while taking into account some inequalities.

“Historically, Ithacans have focused on very individual and short-term solutions to the climate crisis, when in reality, climate change is a global issue that primarily affects communities of color and those in the Global South. We cannot address the climate crisis without addressing systems of oppression, including colonization, borders, and white supremacy, and how they shape our society. The IHS Climate Action Expo will showcase ways in which individual efforts can combine into collaborative action.

The IHS Climate Action Expo would not be possible without the collaboration and participation of many local organizations, clubs and businesses that focus on social justice, the environment and community education on sustainable practices. Partners include Ithaca Green New Deal, Sunrise Movement, Ithaca High School Green Team and Supporting Women Impacting Society (SWIS) Club, Bike Walk Tompkins, TCAT, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Gil’s Honeybees, the Tompkins County History Center, Earthaca, LaMorte Electric, Tetra Tech and Halco Energy.

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