Campus March for Climate Emergency

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The 2019 Climate Emergency March symbol.
A crowd of people standing on a hill attending a rally
Organized as part of the upcoming Preston Thomas Memorial lectures, students and faculty rallied in front of Rand Hall before the Campus March for Climate Emergency. William Staffeld / AAP
Peple marching with banners and signs.
The Campus March for Climate Emergency began at Rand Hall and proceeded across the Arts Quad to Ho Plaza. William Staffeld / AAP
A parade with people waving flags and carrying signs and banners.
A student waves the Climate Emergency flag during the march to Ho Plaza. William Staffeld / AAP
The 2019 Climate Emergency March symbol. Organized as part of the upcoming Preston Thomas Memorial lectures, students and faculty rallied in front of Rand Hall before the Campus March for Climate Emergency. William Staffeld / AAP The Campus March for Climate Emergency began at Rand Hall and proceeded across the Arts Quad to Ho Plaza. William Staffeld / AAP A student waves the Climate Emergency flag during the march to Ho Plaza. William Staffeld / AAP

Part of the Fall 2019 Preston Thomas Memorial Lecture Series

The Campus March for Climate Emergency is organized as part of the upcoming fall 2019 Preston Thomas Memorial Lectures, titled "Earth — Projections 50 Years After Earth Art," which marks the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Earth Art exhibition at Cornell.

"Climate change is the defining issue of planet Earth, and now is the time to act.

We are educators who pledge to work with students to raise campus awareness of the risks posed by climate change. Universities have an opportunity to take the ethical lead in decarbonizing the economy. The arts can stage the declaration symbolically in the performance of a flag-raising ceremony.

The Campus March for Climate Emergency at Cornell reinforces the university's mission to educate the next generation of planetary citizens and its core value of respecting the environment. Action on climate change will require an extraordinary effort from all those concerned with climate, across all student groups on campus. The march proceeds from Ho Plaza to the Arts Quad with a ceremony to raise the Climate Emergency flag on the roof of Rand Hall. It is scheduled for Friday, September 20, in advance of the United Nations' Climate Action Summit in New York City."

~ Rania Ghosn and El Hadi Jazairy of Design Earth