Global Warming Isnt Cool: WVU SSC attends Climate Conference and Interfaith Walk for Climate Rescue in Boston
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by Christy Hartman, WVU SSC Vice President |
Sierra Student Coalition Chapter at WVU cranks it up on the Global Warming issue!
The Sierra Student Coalition offered students an opportunity to come together with like-minded students for a weekend of organizing, training and networking in Boston, Massachusetts on March 23-25. The SSC chapter at West Virginia University was able to attend as a result of a grant given us by the state chapter of the Sierra Club.
The Fifth Annual Northeast Climate Conference brought together hundreds of students from all over the region with the purpose of kicking the youth climate movement into high gear. Five students, Johnny Law, Christy Hartman, Oscar Ramirez, Shawn Campbell, and Amanda Rivera started off their spring breaks by climbing into a tiny rental car and heading east of Interstate 68.
There, we joined many others to make the trek for the Interfaith Walk for Climate Rescue for the last five miles of the walk from Northampton to Boston. The mayor of the city kicked off the walk with a positive summary of past events that Boston had led the way for, be it revolution, racial justice rallies, peace marches and now an interfaith walk for climate change. We were among nearly a thousand other seriously concerned people. We were students, teachers, parents, children, clowns, young and old and many others from all faiths and demographics. At the conclusion of the parade, which was watched by all who passed, those in coffee shops, and even young professionals, leaning out of 4th floor windows in business suits looking pensive, we were greeted by a young Buddhist priest playing the drums with some local community members. She sang and chanted outside of a Copley Square where we were joined by more activists, about 1500 in total. There we rallied demanding 80% reduction in global warming pollution by 2050.
The speakers were community leaders and student activists. We heard stories about local Bostonian Middle School students fighting the construction of a new dirty power plant in their neighborhood, a poorer, more prone for environmental injustice community than the surrounding well swept areas of the city. They inspired us with their passion and knowledge and inability to be intimidated speaking in front of a crowd of 1500 people.
Afterwards we returned back to the Conference for another full day of trainings on: sustainability, media, event planning, environmental career development, the future of coal, leadership and many others. The event was aimed at training environmental leaders of the future.
The SSC was fortunate to be able to send five activists to Boston to be a part of this awesome training. The training and the march renewed our dedication, energy, and confidence in pursuing our vision of a green and peaceful future.