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Carbondale Climate Strike Speeches

Raleigh Burleigh/KDNK

On Friday, September 20, hundreds of students, teachers and concerned citizens gathered in Sopris Park for the climate strike organized by 350 Roaring Fork in conjunction with other strikes around the world. Speakers included Carbondale Mayor Dan Richardson, Dr. Greg Feinsinger, Arn Menconi, and local students. For audio of these speeches, click here.

Jimmy Byrne leads the crowd in a chant:

Fred Malo introduces the events:


Erin Riccio, Conservation Colorado:


Carbondale Mayor Dan Richardson:


Ruthie Brown, Roaring Fork High School Energy Club:


Dr. Greg Feinsinger, M.D.:


Alicia Zeringue, Wilderness Workshop:


Students, Carbondale Community School:


Will Hodges,


Students, Glenwood Springs High School: 


Arn Menconi, climate and peace activist:


Erica Sparhawk, Carbondale Board of Trustees: 


Illene Pevec, author, journalist, children's activist and educator:


Gwen Garcelon, HighLife Unlimited: 


Credit Raleigh Burleigh/KDNK

Raleigh Burleigh was raised in the historic floodplanes of Satank. The Carbondale Rotary Club sponsored him as a youth ambassador to Chile the year before his graduation from Roaring Fork High School. He studied International Affairs and Journalism at the University of Colorado, Boulder then applied those studies traveling throughout South America the following year. Returning to Carbondale thereafter, Raleigh acquired an internship with KDNK News which led to the opportunity to serve as News Director from 2017 to 2019. After another trip to South America in early 2019, Raleigh Burleigh drew deeper into the confluence as Program Director at KDNK. Raleigh now serves on KDNK's board of directors and as editor of Carbondale's weekly newspaper, The Sopris Sun.