Climate march a productive start

However, more needs to be done in order to bring change.

With students from more than 300 campuses leaving Friday to participate in the People’s Climate March in New York City, the issue of climate change will be a central topic of debate for many over the weekend. Students are marching for a multitude of reasons: support for divestment, grassroots solutions against exploitative companies or simply to voice their support for change.

The march will coincide with the United Nations’ Climate Summit, where world business leaders will discuss the best way to reduce emissions and tackle climate change. With more than 1,400 interest groups collaborating to voice their support for change, it would seem progress is imminent.

However, not all are convinced that the conference or marches will yield the world-changing results some hope for. Critics disregard this movement as alarmist and say that it may silence more tangible efforts to solve climate issues, especially if it interrupts the proceedings of the climate summit. It’s also worth noting that since the U.S. has not ratified the Kyoto Protocol, it will be a difficult place to enact fruitful measures to address climate change.

Despite these criticisms, we support a movement dedicated to spending the weekend marching for change, education and promoting awareness for a significant global issue. While we hope global leaders will continue to work toward offering practical policies to address environmental concerns, change won’t happen overnight.