By Anita Gill
“College Millennials Combat Climate Change October 2nd”
Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and senior UN advisor, has warned about the dangers of climate change through a multitude of media outlets. In an interview with Fareed Zakaria, Dr. Sachs urged that tackling climate change has to be a priority, stating, “this is either the year it gets done or we have missed our generation’s opportunity.” That radio interview was on April 19th of this year—mere days before Earth Day.
Dr. Sach’s foreboding words have already come to fruition. Back in May, the Marshall Islands reported flooding, displacing families and destroying homes. If the Earth’s temperature keeps rising, the islands will disappear.
It has been six months since Dr. Sach’s interview, and Millenials are stepping up.
Next Friday, October 2nd, a movement will take place in over fifty college campuses in the United States.
On those campuses, local students have organized, raising money and scheduling events, inviting prominent individuals to enter their auditoriums and share their thoughts. The purpose of the movement: to rally together and demonstrate the widening awareness that climate change is a real issue, and that young adults across the nation demand immediate action to curb the damage. Millennials want innovative and effective solutions. In paraphrasing from the video on Know Tomorrow’s website, if we don’t solve climate change now, there will be no tomorrow.
This Friday, colleges are holding a Day of Action filled with activity fairs and speakers who are experts in climate change and sustainable solutions. At Pomona College, part of the Claremont Colleges in Southern California, Annie Goeke of the Earth Rights Institute Living Lab will share her ideas and experiences in her decades of work in sustainability. Goeke has over 25 years of experience working in planning and developing holistic methods to build sustainable communities. At Know Tomorrow, she intends to discuss her organization, Earth Rights Institute Living Lab, and its educational platform to mold the next generation of leaders in sustainability. Prominent scientists, climatologists, and directors will join Goeke to discuss climate change and their approaches to solve this important issue.
Like Pomona College, educational institutions all over the country have organized guest speakers to share their progress in sustainable efforts. Some colleges will also have volunteer projects where students can clean part of their community. More information about participating colleges can be found at the Know Tomorrow website.
The United States creates one of the largest ecological footprints. Fortunately, American Millennials are gathering and welcoming the discussion of our environmental impact. Mark your calendars for a day of great talks and new strategies for helping the planet.