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 is an environmental scientist dedicated to developing undergraduate and graduate programming to build society's capacity for environmental mitigation, adaptation, and resilience. Mulkey was the president of Unity College in Unity, Maine from 2011 through 2015. His leadership and forward-looking vision resulted in Unity College being the first college in the U.S. to divest its endowment from the top 200 fossil fuel companies, and the first college in the U.S. to adopt sustainability science as the framework for all academic programming. Mulkey believes that higher education has an ethical duty to prepare generations of graduates for the extreme sustainability and climate change challenges of this century. After taking his PhD at the University of Pennsylvania, he spent over twenty years as a forest ecologist affiliated with the Smithsonian. Mulkey has served as tenured faculty at three doctoral granting universities.