Sustainability

Climate demonstrations for a greener future

Upcoming march and other events for the environment minded students

On September 21, concerned citizens and environmental activists plan to converge in New York City and stage the largest climate change protest in history: The People’s Climate March. The march has been organized, promoted, and will be attended by over 950 organizations and businesses from large environmental non-governmental organizations to small community churches. The march is preempted by the United Nations’ upcoming summit on climate change and the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon is urging governments to work towards a global agreement on reducing climate change. The marchers plan on demanding a world with an economy that works for people and the planet; a world safe from the ravages of climate change; a world with good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities. The motto of the movement is
“Action: Not Words”, and members are planning on taking any action necessary to make the planet safe from climate change. In addition to the march in NYC, there is also a global movement with events planned in almost every part of the developed world, such as a fossil free weekend in Sweden, outdoor concerts in Ghana, and other climate marches in New Delhi, Mumbai, Lagos, Manila, Seoul, Lisbon, Paris, London, Amsterdam, Rome, and Berlin.

RPI students will be given the chance to attend this historic march in NYC thanks to the work of several sustainability groups on campus! Buses will be departing campus on the morning of September 21, 2014, to take students to NYC and then return that night. Interested students can fill out a survey at
bit.ly/PCMTroy (commitment free for the time being) to receive more information about attending the march, or email the
Student Sustainability Task Force at
sstf@rpi.edu. The future of the planet lies in the hands of our generation, so it’s important to show the world we are ready to become responsible global citizens who will not stand for inaction! Remember, to change everything we need everyone on board, so don’t miss this chance to make your voice heard!

There are also several events which lead-up to the march throughout the Greater Capital district area. This past Saturday, August 30, paper boats were launched from Troy. Called Seachange, these boats will float down the Hudson River over the next two weeks to raise awareness of human-caused climate change. Each night, the boats will stop at a community along the Hudson, ranging from Albany on Saturday night, to Hudson on Tuesday night, to Newburgh-Beacon on Sunday, September 7. On Saturday, September 13, the boats are slated to arrive in NYC. The boats were made out of brown craft paper glued together and varnished. More details about them at:
http://seachange2014.tumblr.com/. Additionally on Tuesday, September 16, Bill McKibben, the leader of http://350.org and an extensive author on climate change, will be hosting a talk at the State University of New York Albany campus from 2:30–4 pm.
Event details can be found at http://tinyurl.com/pj7w878. If you need help with transportation, feel free to contact SSTF at
sstf@union.rpi.edu.

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