Hundreds of Sisters of Mercy are expected to lead a walk of prayers to Canalside Friday, where they will advocate for water rights and protection of the Great Lakes.
The "Walk for Water" is spurred by the United States' recent withdrawal from the global climate agreement struck in Paris in late 2015.
"The U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement and all threats to our Earth move the Sisters of Mercy to take action as part of their critical concern for the Earth, specifically the universal human right to water," according to a statement put out from the Sisters of Mercy.
The walk is scheduled to start at the Hyatt Regency on Main Street at 9 a.m. and proceed to Canalside.
There, on the boardwalk near the sign for the terminus of the Erie Canal, a prayer service will be offered at 10 a.m. with remarks from the sisters, other community leaders and Native Americans from the Seneca and Caygua nations.
"During this event, guest speakers and participants will join in prayer, discuss ways to get involved and echo Pope Francis' call for responsible environmental stewardship," the Sisters of Mercy's statement said.