Great work in D.C.

Unity College up frontI am sitting in DCA waiting for my US Airways flight to Bangor.  If all goes well and the flight is not cancelled or delayed because of high winds, I should get into Unity about 1 am.  By now the folks on the bus are well on their way to Unity, and with luck they too should arrive in the the morning.  As I think about the remarkable events of today, I can’t help but feel gratitude to be working with such a great crew.  The students were terrific today, holding the Unity banner high and proud.  Jesse and John managed the logistics with skill and they served as an example of Unity’s finest.  I believe that Unity College is building great futures for our students. Experiences like this will last a lifetime.

Today we did good work and we helped plant the flag on the high ground.  Today on the Mall there were at least 35,000 people who have the vision to see an alternative future.  A future on a planet that has not been ruined by catastrophic climate change.  Just maybe, after today, that future is a little brighter.  Just maybe, all those folks on the Mall turned a few heads and made a few more people realize the seriousness of our situation.  Just maybe, the U.S. is a little closer to assuming global leadership on this most important of all issues.  Just maybe, my grandkids are a little more likely to be part of a great civilization.  Just maybe, Obama heard us.

6 thoughts on “Great work in D.C.

  1. I was sustainable in my actions today, I watched the Climate Rally live online and called in to the hotline to let my voice be heard. I did not waste any gas or oil, or take an airplane, to get to Washington D.C. to protest against the Keystone Pipeline. How can Unity College divest in Fossil Fuels when it completely relies on them to travel to take action on climate change??? (which in itself is hypocritical)

    1. Good to hear how sustainable you were. Since you seem to be committed to your good stewardship I assume that means you never use fossil fuels yourself to get around. After all, if you relied on them to travel for a lesser cause than to fight climate change that in itself would pretty hypocritical, wouldn’t it?

  2. Hippies are stupid and and lazy. The planet is not in peril. Global warming is not true. Its the same temperature on this February day than of the same day 100 years ago. Loosen the berkenstocks, wash your hair, shave and open your eyes.

  3. Dear Jim (the non-believer above),
    On the contrary, it is people like us that make sure you and your family still have clean water to drink. It is people like us that preserve forests so you and your family have oxygen to breathe. It’s people like us who protect what is truely valuable, so you can take your ‘hippie dippy’ comments and shove them back in where they came from.
    Have a great day!

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About Stephen Mulkey

Stephen Mulkey has recently served as Director of Research and Outreach/Extension for the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Florida, and as science advisor to the Century Commission for a Sustainable Florida. During this period, he was tenured faculty in the Department of Botany, and a research associate with the School of Forest Resources and Conservation at the University of Florida. He received a PhD in ecology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1986. Prior to coming to the University of Florida in 1996, Mulkey co-founded and later directed the International Center for Tropical Ecology, a nationally ranked graduate training and conservation program at the University of Missouri in St. Louis. Mulkey's research was focused on tropical forest form and function, and he was affiliated for over 20 years as a research associate with the Smithsonian Institution, Tropical Research Institute. He is a scholar of the interdisciplinary literature in climate change and sustainability. Mulkey is active as a public interpreter of climate change science. His recent research focuses on the role of landscape carbon stocks in climate mitigation. Beginning in August 2008, he joined the faculty at the University of Idaho as director of the program in Environmental Science. He has been the lead in obtaining National Science Foundation funding for the creation of the new Professional Science Master’s degree at the University of Idaho. Supported by major funding from NASA, he is presently directing a project focused on climate change education. Stephen Mulkey is the current president of Unity College in Unity, Maine. Efforts led by Mulkey have resulted in Unity College being the first college in the US to divest its endowment from the top 200 fossil fuel companies, and the first college in the US to adopt sustainability science as the framework for all academic programming.