“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.”
When Senator Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day, he envisioned a movement devoted to the environment and the human, to eradicating pollution as well as poverty, to assuring nature’s rights as well as civil rights, to fostering sustainability as well as peace.
If “historic” and “landmark” are missing from your dictionary, it’s no wonder. They could use a break. Kudos are being heaped from quarters far and wide about the outcomes of COP21. But there are also sobering times ahead, by some reporters’ accounts.