New Yorker Shawn Shafner, founder of the People's Own Organic Power -- or POOP -- Project prepares to dissect some garbage bags at the Global Climate Strike rally in Green River Park. (Photo: Marshall Hoffman)

Over 100 people – including college, elementary and high school students – gather for a Global Climate Strike rally in Green River Park in Morris yesterday, a turnout which pleased organizer Sydney Bauer. The first day of a 2-day strike focused on education of climate issues, and featured a talk from New Yorker Shawn Shafner, founder of The People’s Own Organic Power – or POOP — Project, which fosters discussions about how we can deal with our own personal waste in smarter ways. Shafner acknowledged the area’s ancestors, be it native tribes or the immigrants who came after them.

“The people who made us possible in these lives, wherever we’re from, wherever our ancestors are from and where they came to — we’re all here now,” said Shafner. “And all of them are standing behind us and under us and all around us, and they’re all cheering us on. They have literally gathered us together, all of us, in this exact moment to do this brave — and crazy — and really necessary work.

The rallies will continue from 1:30 to 3 p.m. today at Green River Park.

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