Politicians and Cornellians Address Climate Change Threat

A number of local politicians joined students and faculty members at an interdisciplinary panel Friday, banding together to advocate the need for grassroots advocacy and open dialog in addressing climate change. The climate crisis “represents the greatest social crisis of our time,” argued Lara Skinner, the associate director of the Worker Institute at Cornell’s School of Industrial Relations, as she began the discussion. “Women, people of color, children, the elderly, workers, immigrants and low-income communities of color will all be affected [by climate change] disproportionately,” Skinner said. She added that these low-income communities will be hurt “first and worst” by the repercussions of a change in climate. After Hurricane Sandy in 2012, there were 100,000 newly homeless people in New York City.

KyotoNOW! Urges That University Consider Energy in Election

Prior to the Educate the Vote panel at Bailey Hall last Friday, members of the KyotoNOW! were on the Bailey Plaza campaigning for “Green Jobs Now” and calling for young voters to pledge to make energy policies a top priority in the upcoming election.
The purpose of Green Jobs Now is to get voters to discuss the potential to revitalize our economy with clean, safe and just green jobs that lift people out of poverty.
“We are trying to make clean energy and green jobs a part of the debate and a part of what people think about when they search for [their] candidate’s policies,” Kimberly Schroder ’09, tabling chair for the Power Vote campaign said, standing next to a poster, which read in bold green letters “GREEN JOBS … helping the environment and our economy.”