Clarion’s Roving Reporter spoke with PSC members about why they’re coming to the September 21 environmental protest.
Hunter College High School
This is no longer some distant, ideological campaign, but a problem that will affect all of us. The less action we take as a society to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions now, the more dramatic changes we and our descendants will face. The fact that so many people – especially policymakers – either believe that climate change is not the biggest problem facing humanity or refuse to act because of vested interests terrifies me. Direct action now seems to be the only option left to spread awareness.
Assistant Professor of English
I am going with a group of peace activists and environmentalists from Brooklyn. I recently met with some Buddhist monks and nuns and was really blown away by their respect for the earth and its resources. I’ve always been a bit of an environmentalist, but I was really won over by their gentility and goodness. Watching them put such great respect for the earth – for humanity, really – in their daily lives, through careful mindfulness practice, was very inspiring. I think it’s important to remember we really are all interdependent. It does come back to you, the good or bad you do today.
Research Associate (Retired)
Michael Harrington Center
Global warming threatens almost all of us, but its worst effects are experienced by the poor and people of color here and around the world. The march on September 21 is an opportunity to organize for good, clean, green jobs and challenge the carbon power industry that’s causing havoc and pollution everywhere. I’m working with the PSC committee to recruit members of the CUNY community to join us but will invite all my friends and family too. I also have a number of friends who had their homes destroyed by Sandy and are still dealing with it. Clearly the next generation will confront more of the negative consequences of global warming going forward.
Distinguished Professor of Mathematics
I decided to attend when I first heard about the march. This is a matter of conscience for me. I think we all have a share of responsibility in the climate policy of the country. I consider that policy which has been consistent ever since the rejection of the 1997 Kyoto agreement as genocidal, and I have to protest. I hope that an impressive march will call the attention of the misinformed wider public to the gravity of the situation and will, with continued popular pressure, force a radical change towards a policy directed at preserving a livable world. I have a hope that there will be real momentum by the mere fact that there are more than 500 organizations endorsing this march.
Marketing and Communications Office
I care a lot about this issue. I feel like the industry and the leaders in the world aren’t making enough substantial changes that would be really simple to make to better the environment and reduce pollution. Being a part of a collective action inspires me. It’s great to see that everyone who cares is getting together and showing that they care and speaking out about it. It’s being billed as the largest demonstration of its kind. It will be historic, and it’ll be cool to be a part of it.
For more on the protest, see the webpage for the People’s Climate March. You can RSVP for the PSC contingent here.
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