January 31, 2023

They Blinded Me with Science

Rain-drenched protest signs bled with ink stating, “There is no Planet B,” at the March for Science in Washington D.C. on April 22.

The trip was organized by the NCC Climate Action Network (CAN) with the help of the Outdoors Club, Science Club, Anthropology Club, Ski Club, Student Senate and the Center for Civic and Community Engagement.

Before marching, speakers presented their thoughts on the historical day in the making. Some speakers included were Questlove, Cara Santa Maria, Leland Melvin and Bill Nye.

“We were able to make it so it was only $15 for a student which was great,” Geography professor and NCC CAN adviser Anita Forrester said. “Otherwise the tickets would have $65. We were able to raise enough so $50 for each student was completely covered between the different clubs and groups that chipped in. So, we thought that was a big success.”

“We have a little bit left over, so the kids have to decide where they want to donate it. I like that nobody thought, ‘Oh, we made money. Great,’ but said instead, ‘What can we do with this money?’”

The club, originally named 350 Bethlehem, came together when they felt there was no way to spread awareness about climate change on campus. Other goals of the club include exploring alternatives to fossil fuels.

“NCC CAN wants enough students to realize, yes, it might be a little more expensive if you use solar or wind energy,” Forrester said. “But when you’re invested in students, you shouldn’t be threatening their future by continuing to burn fossil fuels. The club is hoping to get enough students onboard that the NCC administration will see that even if it might cost more, this is what the students want and that they will support NCC students and their future.”

One proposal from CAN is to institute a green fee for the college.

“If everybody was willing to pay, say, $5 a semester, or a per credit small fee then the school might be more likely to OK alternative energy. Five dollars on a long-term semester basis is not really a lot of money, but if every student was paying $5 and part-time students were paying $2.50, then we could say to the school that we’re willing to invest in this as well.”

“With a green fee, we could also fund faculty to create more green-informative courses, and other projects. The CAN students know that this is a work in progress, but they are hopeful that the green fee could be approved.”

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