This past Sunday about 400,000 people walked in the People’s Climate March. Some odd hundred of those thousands were Wes students (and my housemate estimates that if you include Wes Grads there were about one gazillion of us, but that’s a rough number).
The People’s March was in anticipation of the UN Climate Summit that happened this past weekend (Sorry! I’ve been busy). There were no demands and no target for the march, but it still billed itself as the “biggest climate change demonstration ever.” Personally, I think it was pretty invigorating to see so many disparate affinity groups unite under the umbrella cause of taking action on climate change.
Wesleyan students traveled to the march in a variety of ways. There were buses, carpools, carpools to New Haven, and one Wesleying staffer bubblewater even tried to get their tinder matches to give them a ride to New York.
Needless to say, bubblewater took the bus. As for this Wesleying staffer, I did witness some hilarious/tragic Laurel and Hardy-esque escapade when one group of Wesleyan seniors were separated as two of the four ran onto the train and the other two were left in the station as the MetroNorth departed in a huff of nonchalance and mass-transit-somewhat-carbon-efficient steam. I did see the two stranded seniors the next morning parading down Central Park West, so not all was lost.
In terms of the aftermath, there was a lot of physical garbage and perhaps some new hope surrounding the issue. (And, my dad increased the number of people he follows on Instagram by 100% after meeting two of my housemates.) I certainly hope that this amount of mobilization leads to actual action on climate change, but I also worry that many will stop taking action after the fact… Remember to close your windows now that the heat is coming on in residential buildings and get involved with sustainability here on campus. If you want to see more photos of the event itself, check out the photos below, taken primarily from the collections of bubblewater and sheninagans.