Justice Fridays discuss People’s Climate March

first_imgThree Saint Mary’s students who took part in the People’s Climate March in New York on Sept. 21 shared their experiences there at a panel called “Marching for Sustainability and Global Climate Justice” on Friday as part of the Justice Education Department’s Justice Fridays series.Assistant professor of political science and gender and women studies Sonalini Sapra said she was one of two faculty members to walk alongside Saint Mary’s students in Manhattan. The Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership (CWIL) funded the trip, Sapra said.“I heard about the march over the summer through 350.org, and the purpose of this rally … was to get people mobilized and show there are a lot of people who want the government to do a lot more [for the environment],” Sapra said.The rally was purposefully scheduled close to the United Nations Climate Summit called by Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the UN, Sapra said. World leaders, including the President of the United States, attended to prepare for next year’s round of climate change negotiations, Sapra said.Sapra said roughly 400,000 people attended the environmental rally in New York, which was one of 2,600 similar events in more than 150 countries across the globe.Saint Mary’s junior and global studies major Eleanor Jones said she was motivated to attend the march so that the Midwest would be represented among other regions of the country.“I was really interested in joining [and] going to the march because I’ve always been interested in global issues,” Jones said. “I think a lot of the activism is seen on either coast.”Jones said she appreciated connecting with a variety of groups representing different demographics concerned with climate change but especially cherished the concerted moment of silence during the rally.“We happened to be right by the sign that said ‘moment of silence,’” Jones said. “It was really quiet within that minute, and at the end of the minute we just heard this big roar that escalated over the entire march.”The College’s first environmental studies major, sophomore Mikhala Kaseweter said she was also touched by the marchers’ cheers.“My favorite part of the march were the chants we did,” Kaseweter said. “The fact that you could hear literally thousands of voices at the same time [was] just pretty empowering.”Kaseweter said her attendance at the march fulfilled a personal desire to further her environmental activism.“There’s actually more reasons I went than I can articulate,” Kaseweter said. “I follow all sorts of activism pages, [but] I’ve been kind of impersonal with my activism.”Sapra said she and the Saint Mary’s students attended organized supplementary climate justice workshops offered the day before the march.“I went to one about Karl Marx and climate change,” Sapra said. “I also went to one put together by indigenous women.”Associate professor of English Chris Cobb attended the march as well.“I went because the march seemed like the best opportunity that the people of the world have had to make a statement about climate change that would be heard and begin to gain more attention in the media from governmental leaders,” Cobb said. “It’s obviously not something … that is [going away].”Cobb said the size of the march, though unexpected, was a testament to the importance of climate justice.“The size of it … was a kind of wonderful surprise,” Cobb said. “We knew the march was big, but as we got about eight blocks, we gradually gathered ourselves back together and miraculously found a Chinese restaurant. … It was almost two hours until we came out. People were still coming.”Cobb said he was also struck by the number of and diversity in constituents of the march.“The environmental movement has been dealing with the issue of elitism,” Cobb said. “This march really spoke to me that this issue may not be over, but environmental justice has become a centrally accepted idea. There were so many issues being represented, and everyone understood that these issues are bound up together. That was very exciting for me to see that way in which the movement has developed.”Unlike other protests and public displays of activism, the march was not a somber or grim event, Cobb said.“This was not a mean event,” he said. “This was an event that was very joyous, coming out of a deep love for the community, and I think … the call for climate justice is shown to be a very positive call for people who love people.”Tags: 350.org, Climate change, Climate Convergence, Climate Justice, CWIL, environmental movement, Justice Fridays, PCM, People’s Climate March, People’s Climate March 2014, sustainabilitylast_img read more

Fire razes 8 houses in Tanza Esperanza

first_img“We are still conducting aninvestigation as to the cause of fire and the total damage,” said Habawel asthis was being written. ILOILO City – Fire gutted eight housesin Barangay Tanza Esperanza, City Proper yesterday afternoon. Four of thesewere totally destroyed. Firemen spray with water this house that fire struck in Barangay Tanza Esperanza, Iloilo City on Sunday, Feb. 23. The fire gutted a total of eight houses , four of which were totally destroyed. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN Habawel said the firemen’s quickresponse effectively kept the fire from further spreading. The fire started at around 2:45 p.m.Residents initially saw thick smoke billowing from the house of Dennis De Oca,then the fire spread to adjacent houses. Those partially damaged were owned byMayflor Deslate, Ricardo Igpura, Freddie Carial, and Antonio Martinez.center_img No person was injured./PN The eight houses were made of lightmaterials. Habawel did not discount thepossibility that electrical short circuit caused the fire. According to City FireMarshal Chief Inspector Melania Habawel, the houses totally burned wereowned by de Oca, Noel Silubrico, Oliver Rojo, and Nilda Baladja. last_img read more

New Swansea boss Francesco Guidolin wants to climb table after win at Everton

first_imgNew Swansea head coach Francesco Guidolin believes six points in the first week of his arrival has given him plenty of hope they can escape relegation this season. “The first half and second half performance were very contrasting. “We created enough chances to win the game. The fearful aspect of our performance was a real shame.” The Toffees now have the worst home defensive record in the Premier League. “We haven’t found the right way of playing at home. That is the truth,” added Martinez. “The stats reflect a really poor defensive record at home. “We want to impress our fans, play attacking football and become a winning team but we are finding it tough to free ourselves.” England centre-back John Stones was at fault for Swansea’s first goal, leaving a backpass short, and had a poor game generally but Martinez defended the 21-year-old. “John is a young man who has a lot of pride in what he does,” he said. “What has happened with John and a few of our youngsters is they have been in the limelight and we forget they are young and need to be given space and time.” “Six points in two matches is very important for us because the table was not good,” he said. “Now it is not very good. I hope to have the possibility to go up in the table. “In this moment I am very happy. This is the first match in Premier League for me. “I dreamed of working in Premier League but I didn’t dream of winning the first match. “I must understand what happens in this day because I am surprised. It is new for me.” Gylfi Sigurdsson’s penalty was cancelled out by Jack Cork’s own goal after he diverted in Gareth Barry’s backheel before Andre Ayew’s deflected shot restored a lead the Swans comfortably held onto. Everton manager Roberto Martinez was critical of his players for the way they handed the initiative to their opponents, although the loss to injury of Muhamed Besic and Kevin Mirallas – ruling both out of Wednesday’s crucial Capital One Cup semi-final second leg at Manchester City – inside the first half-hour disrupted their plans. “We were very slow in our performance – pedestrian – but two aspects affected our momentum which was the two injuries,” he said. The Italian was in the stands for Monday’s victory over Watford but played his part to the full on the touchline in the 2-1 win over Everton at Goodison Park, registering the club’s first back-to-back wins of the season. Swansea are now four points clear of the bottom three and Guidolin is looking upwards. Press Associationlast_img read more