Sept. 9, 2019 By Shane O’Brien
A Forest Hills resident climbed to the top of the Unisphere in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park on Friday to hang a banner advocating for climate change action.
Glen Schleyer, a retired attorney, climbed the 12-story sphere and hung a banner that read “Zero CO2 2025, Climate Justice Now.” He was arrested at the scene.
Schleyer is a member of Extinction Rebellion New York, a protest organization that is calling on governments around the world to cut greenhouse gas emissions and carbon dioxide. The group wants to eradicate greenhouse gas emissions by 2025.
Schleyer chose Flushing Meadows as the venue for his protest since it was the site of the 1964/65 World’s Fair. The fair’s theme was “peace through understanding.”
The banner was draped over the nation of Brazil to bring attention to the fires that are destroying the Amazon Rainforest, according to Extinction Rebellion NY.
The Forest Hills resident was the first person since 1976 to scale the steel structure.