Picture by Mentongraphy
-By Clara Harrington
Raise your posters and take to the streets if you care about climate change! Well, if you did not have the chance on January 31st in Nice, this article will certainly bring you up to date. The ecologically concerned individuals of our campus gathered together in Nice to march alongside local activists in hopes to bring change to the treatment and policies that have wreaked havoc on the environment. We marched to the beat of the drummers, leading us through the streets of Nice to bring climate change and make as much noise as possible to bring attention to the issue of climate change. EnvironMenton showed up with pots, pans, spoons, and several creatively written cardboard signs to make people notice the issues that have been greatly ignored by political leaders, whose policies have resulted in the further destruction of our planet. Charlotte Taomi Behrens, a Dual BA student with Columbia University 21’, helped organize the march as a member of EnvironMenton. She was pleased to see how many students mobilized in Nice, and also how we apparently impressed the Institut Universitaire de Technologie (IUT) students. When asked about EnviroMenton’s objectives she responded: “EnvironMenton, wants to encourage local engagement through activism, ranging from large-scale protests to participation in vegetarian dinner. Talking about environmental issues helps to raise awareness, but taking actions show how much we actually mean it.”’
Environmentalism is not recent nor a passing trend, but an ongoing and ever more pressing set of ecological issues that has been a concern for the last century. Pollution, deforestation, desertification, ozone depletion, mining, overpopulation, are only a handful of issues that are only worsening. According to the UN Sustainable Development report, emissions grew more quickly between 2000 and 2010 than in each of the three previous decades. Within the last month record breaking temperatures of –53.9°C in Minnesota competed with Adelaide, Australia with high temperatures of 46.6°C, to see who would win for most extreme weather. For the skeptics out there, eighteen of the warmest recorded 19 years in history have occurred since 2001, this year being the second warmest.
We spend everyday in one of the most beautiful areas of the world and I think some days we take that for granted. The planet is not always going to be the way it is now, and although it has existed for billions of years, humans are merely a blemish on the timeline and a very damaging one at that. In order for the Riviera, as well as any place we call home to remain a home, we all need to make a continuous effort in our daily lives to exert change. Eat less meat, consume less plastic, separate your trash and recycle those empty wine bottles (don’t just leave it on Rue Longue), take account of the waste you produce and reduce it, and finally “Arrête de Niquer ta Mer.” It’s important for everyone to realize that although we won’t be around forever, our footprint will.