Emma Bouton '16, currently a senior at Brown University, returned to Pennington on Friday, November 1, to speak on "The Power of Student Organizing: Fighting for Climate Justice and the Green New Deal." The Green Team, which sponsored her visit, was joined by students of Environmental Science and other interested students and faculty for the presentation, held in Wesley Forum.
Bouton talked about the "wake-up call" experience of Superstorm Sandy as the origin of her own interest in learning more about climate change and wanting to do something about it. She is majoring in environmental science at Brown, but she has also become involved in the Sunrise Movement, which strives "to build an army of young people to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process." The organization now has about 300 hubs around the country.
After showing a brief video, Bouton discussed the proven impact committed individuals can have on public policy as well as people's routine behavior. She encouraged Pennington students to consider giving some of their time to become involved with the important issue of climate change.