By Ian Oxenham ’15
September 21st was a big day for the international climate movement. That Sunday, over 300,000 students, teachers, activists, scientists and more gathered together beside Central Park to protest the current lack of governmental action surrounding climate change. The crowds of people spanned over 25 city blocks, and the march is being called the largest climate march in history.
It was also a big day for Haverford students. According to peoplesclimate.org, over 50,000 college students attended the climate march, and Haverford played its part with a great turn-out. Over 60 Black Squirrels attended the march, walking together under a banner reading “Haverford Students Choose a Livable, Just and Fossil Free Future.”
While walking, many Haverford students carried posters announcing their motivations for attending the march. These included signs reading “I’m marching for water” and “I march for my farm (and my parents who work on it)”.
While the march itself was long and tiring, many students commented afterwards on how meaningful it was to be a part of such an important event. One student reported to a member of Haverfordians for a Livable Future that the march was “life changing” for her. Another student said that it was really inspiring for her to see so many people moving in the same direction, both literally in their physical movements but also in their commitment to environmental issues.
For all of us, it was truly amazing to not only take part in the march, but to also see the wide variety of organizations and people represented there. From indigenous communities on the front lines of oil extraction to scientists studying global weather patterns to food justice activists demanding access to health foods in their communities, each group had their own purpose for being at the march and their own ways of working to make the world a better place.
Overall, it was a very inspiring weekend, and one that we will not be able to easily forget.