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

Deluxe interiors of Eclipse Cinemas revealed after modern facelift

first_imgDonegal Daily goes behind the scenes at Eclipse Cinemas Lifford-Strabane to see their recent luxurious facelift. The major new facelift not only includes a new coat of paint along the foyer and corridor but a huge investment in its four original screens. All four screens have been modernised to stadium style seating providing the optimum viewing experience, they also have had new larger cinema screens fitted making the viewing experience that much better. Screen 1 in particular has had a massive budget spent with a Sony 4K projector being fitted along with new leather American Style Rocker Chairs. The Sony 4K projector produces over 8,000,000 pixels, which is four times the amount of a standard cinema screen. Along the original corridor there is plush new décor and brand new modern washrooms.The cinema originally opened in 1996 and is owned by the Barrett Family from Omagh. In 2008 there was also a major renovation which contributed to a new extensive foyer and three additional screens making it a seven screen cinema.“We have faced some big challenges over the years the banking crisis, the recession, film piracy and now Brexit and the effect it had on the pound. Because around half of our income is in sterling and most of our bills are in euro the renovation ended up costing much more than budgeted earlier this year. In real terms to pay for the budget overrun because of the sterling collapse we need to sell 26,923 more popcorns than planned,” Director Daniel Barrett stated. In this modern world it is very difficult for an Independent Family Owned Cinema Group to compete against big chains however Eclipse Cinemas try and do this with a variety of different offers including Crazy Tuesdays all tickets all day €4, Over 50’s Wednesday all tickets €5 for people over the age of 50, Thursday Meal Deals Admission, Popcorn and drink for €10.00, Late night Fridays all tickets after 10.30pm €4 and kids club €1.80 at all 12noon shows.For Christmas Eclipse Cinemas Lifford-Strabane have a special offer on gift cards. When you spend over €25 you get a free ticket, if you spend over €45 you get two free tickets. There is also a Christmas Fun day and Christmas market on Saturday 3rd December with visits from Old St Nicholas Santa (Mascot), Elsa, Anna and Olaf.Deluxe interiors of Eclipse Cinemas revealed after modern facelift was last modified: November 15th, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:cinemaEclipse CinemasLiffordstrabanelast_img read more