Mules make impact at People’s Climate March

60 Colby students marched through New York City on Saturday, Sept. 20. Buses brought students to Manhattan so that they could take part in the People’s Climate March, a demonstration composed of citizens concerned with the global  state of the climate. Organizers planned the march for this past weekend specifically because the United Nations met on Sept. 23rd to discuss climate change.

Ester Topolarova ’17 organized the buses to and from the march, and talked in her all-campus announcements about the impact the event was expected to have. “With our future on the line and the whole world watching, we’ll take a stand to alter the course of history….take to the streets to advocate for the future we need: 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,” she said.

Environmental Committee leader Arianna Porter ’15 helped encourage students to join the march and said that “Colby had a great turnout.”

Cara Goldfarb ’17, who considers the march a “historic moment in the climate change movement,” drove over 12 hours over the course of two days to attend the three-hour event. “The energy and sense of community that came from being in a sea of […] protestors, along with my Colby peers, made the journey more than worth it,” she said.

According to the, the New York City march was  just one unit in a force of “over 2,700 events in more than 150 countries to demand Action, Not Words.”

In line with  the College’s carbon neutrality and LEED-Certified buildings, climate change remains a hot topic on the hill. While the future is uncertain, Colby student participation in the march reflects the broader campus attention to issues regarding climate change and environmentalism.