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Global Climate Vigil in Ojai on Friday and Saturday, March 25 to 26

3 25 22 ClimateVigil copyBy Kimberly Rivers
, Ojai Valley News reporter

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Ojai Fridays For Future is hosting a 24-hour Global Climate Vigil at the “Y” intersection in front of Vons in Ojai, from noon on Friday, March 25, to noon on Saturday, March 26, to foster a more focused community response to slow global warming.

The action will include speakers, songs, poetry and prayer, centered at the grassy area at the Highway 33 and Highway 150 intersection in Ojai. 

The action is part of a global strike organized by Fridays for Future, a youth-led organization formed in 2018 to support the protest begun by then 15-year-old Greta Thunberg for climate action. Her action became a global phenomenon. 

Ojai resident Kris Young began the local Fridays for Future action, standing each Friday in front of Libbey Park in support of Thunberg’s action. Sometimes, Young would be alone, other times he would be joined by other local residents, or even on occasion from visitors to the valley. 

Attendees to the 24-hour vigil are encouraged to bring tents, camping gear, food and water, a trash bag and a musical instrument. 

The event schedule: 

Friday, March 25:

Noon — Event opening with Ray Powers.

12:10 p.m. —  blessing with Julie Tumamait-Stenslie, Chumash elder 

12:30 p.m. —   Jeff Otterbein and Kris Young.

12:35 p.m. —  Ojai Mayor Betsy Stix

12:45 p.m. —  Johnny Johnston, former Ojai Mayor and former CEO of Ventura County

1 p.m. —  Local students

1:30 p.m. —  Miguel Rodriguez

2 p.m. — Tiffany Morse, Superintendent, Ojai Unified School District

2:30 p.m. —  Local students

3:30 p.m. —  Tomas Rebecchi, CA Area Director Central Region, Food and Water Watch, CA Area Direct

3:35 p.m. —  Jack Adam Weber, author, Climate Cure

4:30 p.m. —  Carlos Landeros-Angel Bike4aCause: Active Solution for Our Climate Crisis

4:45 p.m. —  City Council

5:45 p.m. —  Phil White, Ventura County Planning Commission, District 1. Member of Climate Emergency Mobilization Committee, former director of Ventura County Air Pollution Control District

6 p.m. —  Music

7 to 9 p.m. —  Live music with Alan Thornhill and Vaughn Montgomery

Saturday, March 26

9 a.m. —  Yoga

10 a.m. —  Walking mediation.

10:30 a.m. —  Rain Dance for the planet

Noon —  Closing, break down the camp

10 a.m. —   Walking Meditation

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