Students Call for Ecological Conversion
Mount’s Climate Strike featured in Riverdale Press
More than four million people globally walked out of their classrooms, jobs, and homes September 20, 2019. Not for better wages or less homework, but for something far more important—a need to save the planet.
Led by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg, people crowded streets and parks to strike back against climate change, including a large rally in Manhattan—and a little closer to home at the College of Mount Saint Vincent.
It was there scholars from the Millennium Fellowship spearheaded efforts for an on-campus strike, gathering on the Great Lawn in view of the Hudson River and the cliffs of the Palisades for speeches and performances in support of the movement. They wanted to encourage students to take an active role in their community to reduce waste and act more environmentally sustainable.
The Millennium Fellowship program trains students to become leaders in climate action, focusing on implementing the United Nation’s sustainable development goals. The fellows are expected to enact those goals on campus and in the surrounding communities.
Nine Mount students are part of the program, and two—junior Jennifer Puac and sophomore Wantoe Wantoe—led last week’s walkout.
About the College of Mount Saint Vincent
Founded in 1847 by the Sisters of Charity, the College of Mount Saint Vincent offers nationally recognized liberal arts education and a select array of professional fields of study on a landmark campus overlooking the Hudson River. Committed to the education of the whole person, and enriched by the unparalleled cultural, educational, and career opportunities of New York City, the College equips students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences necessary for lives of achievement, professional accomplishment and leadership in the 21st century.