In preparation for The People’s Climate March, Sustainable Cities Club sponsored various events throughout campus to get students involved in the March. Our kick-off event was the screening of Disruption, a documentary produced and directed by Kelly Nyks & Jared Scott. Over 500 people flooded the John L. Tishman Auditorium, at our new University Center, to view the film, and participate in the discussion that followed.
Spearheaded by V.P Molly Johnson, this kick-off event truly set the bar for Climate Action Week.
Pop-up classes were held in Union Square in conjunction with the School of Constructed Environments. Students constructed a temporary environment out of cardboard tubes, which were used in the actual march as megaphones. MSNBC and The New School’s Red Dog Productions showed up and interviewed students about the upcoming Climate March.
The day before the march, we held a rally to get students amped up for the event. We made signs, handed out shirts (provided by Grist) and megaphones, and brought our mascot the Narwhal to help promote the march.
Finally, we made it to the big day. 400,000 people came to march the streets of NYC to send a message to world leaders that issues of climate change need to be addressed. New School students wore their orange to represent our school, and show our support for the cause.
What’s next for SCC? Getting our school to divest their endowment from fossil fuels! Join us!