Of the 300,000 people across the globe who marched in support of our planet this past Saturday, 500 were our own community members: Princeton's Walk for Our World's Green Future was a huge success! It was so great to see such a wide range of people, both young and old, marching together in recognition of an intergenerational challenge.
The walk culminated at Hinds Plaza where Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert spoke to the importance of this moment and encouraged the incorporation of sustainable efforts into our daily lives. Bernadette Woods-Placky of Climate Central spoke about the climate change and its effects on local weather. Marchers expressed their commitment to do so by tying sustainable pledges (written on pieces of fabric) to tree branches that will be transformed into a permanent work of art. And children planted Marigold seeds, cultivating a pollinator-friendly environment that preserves the integrity of our ecosystems. Local environmental organizations including the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association, Citizens Climate Lobby and the D&R Greenway Land Trust were on hand with information about their programs and how to get involved.
After the rally in Hinds Plaza, marchers listened to a Climate Change Primer from Sophie Glovier of C-Change Conversations and learned practical tips that everyone can do to address climate change from Sustainable Princeton's Executive Director Molly Jones. Check out the presentation: Climate Concerned but What Can I Do?
Thank you to everyone who joined the procession on Saturday. Our community's commitment to these issues gives hope to a greener future!