On Friday, September 20 Princeton University undergraduate students, graduate students, staff, and faculty joined high school students, middle school students, community organizations, and residents from throughout the state of New Jersey for the Princeton Climate Strike. Part of a global movement of climate strikes happening at the same time, the Princeton event began at 12:30 p.m. with speeches and a rally in Hinds Plaza on Witherspoon Street in town and ended at around 2 p.m. with a call for continued discussion and brainstorming on how to keep momentum going to address climate change outside the Frist Campus Center on Princeton University's campus. Speakers addressed scientific findings alongside political inaction and praised the mobilization of younger generations.
Members of the campus and wider community were invited to join Princeton Environmental Activism Coalition, a Pace Center student organization and one of the Princeton Climate Strike's organizers, on Saturday, September 21 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Frist Campus Center to develop collaborative next steps. Here are a few quotes, insights, and images from the strike.
"Addressing climate change is for all of us. I feel very strongly that we need to leave things better than when we found them. All we need to do is look around us, to look to nature, to the wildfires, the hurricanes, the glaciers that are melting, the pollution. We must think of our children." - Norris Hoist, Edison, NJ
"I hope more people recognize that there is a way to make an impact. That we all can make a difference, with our everyday actions and with our vote. 2020 is coming up and there are a lot of important things at stake. I cannot vote yet, so I hope more people take this one simple step to take action." - Daphine Newton, sophomore, Hopewell Valley Central High School
"Climate change is the most important political and ethical issue of our time. It is an issue that eclipses all other issues. I'm here today because I increasingly see the need for urgent action. I think it's inspiring that in the short term all these people are have come out to be here together. We may not have hundreds of thousands of people in this plaza today, but what matters most is that whatever community we find ourselves in it's important to act." - Nick Judt, senior, Princeton University
"Together change is achievable. Keep fighting, keep making your voices heard, keep changing the world." - Pranav Iyer, sophomore, Princeton University