Climate Justice Movement Gains Momentum Locally And Globally
Youth climate activists and their allies took to the streets of Greencastle in solidarity with last week’s historic Global Climate Strike. On Friday, September 20th, an estimated 200 participants marched from the campus of DePauw University to the courthouse square in downtown Greencastle to voice their support for climate justice.
According to published reports, upwards of 4 million people took part in the worldwide campaign calling for immediate government action to address the climate crisis.This Friday, September 27th, climate activists in and around Greencastle will march again to demand an end to fossil fuel dependency and to call for massive investment in green energy solutions. The march begins at 11:30AM on courthouse square before returning to Stewart Plaza at DePauw University.
According to campus organizer, Bethany Cintron (DPU ’21), activism based on grassroots coalitions is essential for confronting the climate crisis locally and globally. “Not only is participating in a climate strike or an environmental renovation event beneficial to the community, it is our duty as inhabitants of our planet.”
This Friday’s march hit a snag when the Putnam County Commissioners requested that a public art installation, designed by DePauw University Art Professor Lori Miles, be removed from the courthouse atrium.
The art installation, Even Earth, was installed in the courthouse last week, in a sign of solidarity between the DePauw campus and the Greencastle community. However, County Commissioners asked campus representatives to remove the installation. Even Earth has since been returned to DePauw University for safe keeping.
Undeterred by the commissioners’ decision, DePauw students, faculty and staff will join their Greencastle neighbors again this Friday to demand climate justice.
Cintron adds, “The climate strike gives people of all ages, colors, genders and identities a chance to peacefully unite and fight back against issues like industrial pollution and deforestation.”