I was once asked to write a letter to the Children of 2100, for a time capsule. I thought long about human achievements that could endure a century’s passing. Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, and the first manned landing on the moon stood out as symbols of the age.
EarthDesk will be offline during the semester break. If you need some reading material, search EarthDesk using the term “homeless.” During the holiday season, remember the less fortunate in the human and natural environment who need your help. See you in January.
“Resiliencia” is hand engraved into the silver ring that adorns the hand of Pace University student Sarah Gabriella Pereira. Her family still suffers in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Sarah says she is from Generation R: “We are ready. We are resilient. And we will rebuild.”
The Coast Guard’s surprise decision to suspend its Hudson River anchorage proposal in order to conduct a required navigation study came seven months after the Pace Environmental Policy Clinic called on the Coast Guard to do just that. But it’s not enough. An agency rule skirts the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act. Pace students Rowan Lanning and Christina Thomas have the solution.
The late Bob Boyle, pioneer in the Hudson River environmental movement, expert journalist, founder of Riverkeeper, inspiration for more than 300 Waterkeepers worldwide, and my longtime mentor, is the subject of this month’s EarthDesk podcast, produced in partnership with Mid-Hudson News.
Reverend King’s creed stands and there is no reason to abandon it now: “Let us realize the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”