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Dr. Melik Peter KhouryThe 2019 Global Climate Strike on September 20, 2019

September 13, 2019

Dear Campus Community,

“Now we all oughta feel just a little bit guilty
When we look into the eyes of our kids
‘Cause brothers it’s a fact, if we take and don’t put back
They’ll have to pay for all we did
So let’s leave some blue up above us
Let’s leave some green on the ground
It’s only ours to borrow, let’s save some for tomorrow
Leave it and pass it on down”
Songwriters: RONNIE ROGERS / TEDDY GENTRY / RANDY OWEN / WILL ROBINSON
Pass It On Down lyrics © Sony/ATV Tree Publishing, S.I.A.E. Direzione Generale, Bike Music, Sony Atv Tree Publishing, Sony Atv Music Publishing France
Watch the video here.

These lyrics were written and performed by the group Alabama in 1990 as part of the song Pass It On Down which was top ten hit for the group that year. 29 years later, it is still as relevant as ever with the Amazonian wildfires, the melting polar icecaps, devastating hurricanes, typhoons, heat waves across the globe, wildfires in the western United States and Canada, polar vortexes, catastrophic flooding, earthquakes, ice storms, tornadoes, the list goes on and on.

The week of September 16th, 2019 will be a week set aside to draw attention to this crisis. On September 18th and 19th in New York, New York the first ever global summit on human rights and climate change will take place. It’s being hosted by some of the world’s leading civil society groups and the United Nations Human Rights Office in New York – The Peoples’ Summit on Climate and the Rights and Human Survival. The summit will be followed by the 2019 Global Climate Strike on September 20th.

In an effort to call attention to these issues and hopefully prompt the politicians and executives in charge of our planet to act on its behalf, there will be student led walk-outs (strikes) across the globe in protest of climate change on Friday September 20, 2019. Strikers are urging for an acceleration of research, development and transition to sustainable and renewable energy while phasing out a reliance on fossil fuels. The idea to strike grew into a global movement quickly after a teenager named Greta Thunberg decided to strike in front of the parliament building in her native Sweden in 2018.

As America’s Environmental College we are proud to be the leaders of the divestment movement that now includes organizations like the City of New York, and we support the 2019 Global Climate Strike. We be hosting a two-hour event for those who want to participate on September 20th from 11 to 1. There will be an opportunity to make signs prior to the event and the day of schedule is:

– The March starts at 11:00 a.m. in the Founders Hall Courtyard
– President and Student Speeches will be at the Amphitheater directly following the march
– We will have an Eco-product raffle sponsored by Student Activities
– Banner signing following the speeches
– Lunch – Local products BBQ from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Sponsored by President’s office

As I know classroom time is sacred, I would ask my Flagship Faculty colleagues to allow any students who want to participate in the event, the opportunity to do so. Likewise, if you are inclined to attend and bring your students, that would ensure your support for this global cause. For the staff supervisors – if schedules permit, I would encourage you and your staff to attend this event as well.

In Unity,

MPK
Dr. Melik Peter Khoury
President
Unity College

 

Our Mission Through the framework of sustainability science, Unity College provides a liberal arts education that emphasizes the environment and natural resources. Through experiential and collaborative learning, our graduates emerge as responsible citizens, environmental stewards, and visionary leaders.