The president of the United States, Vermont state senators and representatives and members of the United Nations are just a few of the people that Castleton State college history professor Carrie Waara handed out phone numbers of this past Monday at an organized “flash-mob” in the front of the campus center.The event was part of a unified movement by colleges and schools all over the world to prevent and take a stand against global warming and climate change by calling world leaders and representatives a collectively voicing their opinions.
“Now’s the time to tell world leaders that we are demanding action. No compromising, we’ve had enough,” said Waara, who was inspired to take action after reading books such as “Field Notes of a Catastrophe” by author Elizabeth Kolbert and visiting the internet site 350.org, learning just how bad of a state the planet is in.
Earlier this year Waara established the HGEP club (History, Geography, Economy, and Politics), which heavily focuses on matters of the environment and political actions, such as the organizing flash mobs and smart protests, necessary to change outlook on crucial matters.
Student and former Sustainability Club President, Stacia Bucknell, was enthusiastic about the event and saw it as a step in making the campus even more involved.
“There’s a huge gap on campus. Everyone is doing their own thing when we need to close it and be more involved to make a political stand,” she said.
Though not working together yet, Waara sees HGEP and the Sustainability Club working together to organize future events like more flash-mobs and already planned events such as sustainability day on October twentieth.
Despite not having a critical turnout by students on campus at the “flash-mob” event, several professors made an appearance to show support and voice their own opinions.
Professor Sanjukta Ghosh, who also helped to organize the event, commented how the first step to becoming more politically involved is to not be part of wasting the environment ourselves.
“This campus wastes so much paper. We need to know how to bring a message of climate change without using resources ourselves,” she said motioning to a large climate change sign on the back of a laminated world map and a picket sign with re-used papers. “Who cares what it looks like so long as the content is good.”
Ghosh said the campus should take paper out of its recycling initiative and instead focus on re-using it instead.