Schedule & Rally Info


Photo Credit: Tennessee Photographs

9:30 am: Gather at Public Square

9:45 am: Practice chants and listen to safety guidelines

10:00 am: Speeches and musical performers

~11:00 am: Peaceful walk and demonstration to Legislative Plaza (estimated to be 2/3 mile)

Rally Speakers

Eli Motycka

A Nashville native, Eli helped start the city’s hub of the Sunrise Movement (a national organization) in January along with Télyse Masaoay, Henry Utset, and Rick Herron. Sunrise is a youth-focused organization working for large-scale solutions to address climate change at the local, state, and national levels.  Our organization is focused on advocating for the Green New Deal legislation at the national level and for community solutions at the local level.

Patrick Abbot

Patrick was born and raised in rural Georgia, received his PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Arizona, and has been Professor of Biology at Vanderbilt for 15 years.  Research interests include insect behavior, ecology, biodiversity and evolution.

Jason Carney

Jason Carney is a native of Nashville and current President of The Tennessee Solar Energy Association. He has an a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Tennessee State University and an M.A. in Civic Leadership from Lipscomb University. He works with the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy and owns Energy Electives LLC, an energy consulting social enterprise. He is very passionate about solar energy!

Rick Herron

Rick Herron is a volunteer leader with Mighty Earth Nashville, the local chapter of a global campaign organization working to halt deforestation, protect the oceans, and solve climate change. He got his start in climate change education and advocacy as a presenter for The Climate Project, and he has worked as a field organizer for the Sierra Club and as a communications staffer for various political campaigns and issue advocacy organizations. He is a passionate climate justice activist who spends a lot of time thinking about how young people and people of faith can help stop the climate crisis.

Freddie O’Connell

 Freddie O’Connell represent District 19 on the Metro Council of Nashville and Davidson County. He is a freelance software and technology consultant with a specialty in learning technology, specifically with systems deploying xAPI. He is a co-sponsor of a set of bills that he calls a “Green New Deal for Nashville.”

 Emily Stutzman

Emily Stutzman joined the Institute for Sustainable Practice in January 2015 as a full-time Academic Director. She is our first academic director to fully embody many of the holistic attributes of sustainability through her own unique interdisciplinary academic journey and skills. As a social scientist of natural resources and agriculture, she teaches the applied social science course in the M.S. in Sustainability program, Zero Management (SU 6153). Stutzman’s own academic inquiry applies the sociology of conservation and natural resource management in the context of sustainability.

Musical Performers

Judy Klass

Judy Klass is a Truman Scholar and teaches at Vanderbilt University, for the English Department and Jewish Studies Program. Sometimes she also teaches at Nossi College of Art. She is an unlikely person to write country music, but she has loved it since she was a kid. Judy’s first CD, Brooklyn Cowgirl, came out in 2005. She has now released, at last, the follow-up CD: The Brooklyn Cowgirl Rides Again.

Shelby Bottom Duo

 Michael August and Nell Levin write songs that tell a story, and engage us with issues of the environment, and economic and social justice. Follow them and like their page on Facebook.

Susan Shann

Susan Shann is an accomplished singer / songwriter and a long-time participant and activist within the vibrant progressive community of Nashville. Through her music, this “Earth Mama” gives voice to numerous social and environmental issues, and offers a reminder of our deep connection to each other, and to all of life. Visit her website to learn more!

 Brant Miller

Brant has also been invited to perform twice at the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Songwriter’s Showcase at the organization’s annual convention. He currently performs solo mainly in the Nashville area, but is setting his sights to touring a larger part of the Southeast.