Diccon Hyatt’s cover story on page 28 of this issue explains Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker’s background in and passion for science, and how that informs his legislative agenda.
As the letter to the editor below shows, Zwicker is not the only one in our academically minded community focused on the future of science.
#b#Princeton Shows Its Green Side#/b#
A huge wave of people wearing green flowed from the D&R Greenway Land Trust to Hinds Plaza in Princeton on April 29, a movement indicative of our community’s strong support for the environment. The Walk for Our World’s Green Future was a fun way for people of all ages to walk together and share their ideas about how to care for our world. As one sign said There is no Plan-et B!, so now is the time for everyone to take action!
The event was organized by a collaborative partnership of Climate Central, the D&R Greenway, and Sustainable Princeton. A special thanks goes out to the leaders and staff of these local effective environmental organizations for planning and executing this walk, especially Molly Jones and Christine Symington of Sustainable Princeton, who were amazing at organizing this green awareness event.
Thank you to Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert for her leadership and inspiring words at the rally and the fantastic support of the Princeton Police Department, who kept walkers safe on the two-mile trek through town. The Princeton Public Library was a terrific neighbor with Kim Dorman supporting the event, and we are also grateful to the Arts Council of Princeton, which accommodated the living art project imagined by Yamile Slebi and Kirsten Haley that was created at the rally and displayed through Communiversity.
We appreciate the information on the science of local weather shared by Bernadette Woods-Placky of Climate Central and guidance on the changes we must all make to prevent further environmental deterioration from Sophie Glovier of C-Change Conversations and Molly Jones of Sustainable Princeton.
Finally, a special thanks to Princeton Marching Forward and all the volunteers and businesses who helped to make this walk such a success. Together we can make a difference by each taking steps to preserve and protect our environment now, before it is too late. There is no Plan-et B!
Hageman Lane, Princeton
#b#Thanks from Both Sides of the Aisle#/b#
Reading the April 26 U.S. 1, I noted the subject piece and had to read it even while watching sports as it demanded my attention. It laid a cornerstone by delivering on the U.S. 1 commitment to “ unfettered discourse,” especially authored by Kristen Borowski, a senior at the College of New Jersey and founder and editor of a school business newspaper.
The whole Interchange was a tour de force in presenting a report card on Trump’s performance through the lens of an excellent young editor who wrote an opinion piece from a conservative, business perspective, objectively and rationally comparing promised actions versus results.
Thanks to U.S. 1 for venturing into this largely uncharted Princeton territory and using a piece whose “tone and tint” was unsullied by what’s become common when fettering editorial discourse.
Thank you for the April 12 op ed by Michele S. Byers, “NJ Politicians Stand Up For The Environment.” I often find myself wondering if anyone in politics is working for what I believe in and now I know there is a bipartisan effort.
Yet we must stay active and express our strong interest in conservation and the environment. I’ve lived in New Jersey most of my life and found myself missing its woods to hike in, trails to bike on and abundance of nature when I lived for a few years in New York and California. For without access to nature, I have felt depressed and tend to be less compassionate.
This Earth Day I inspired my nephew to join me outdoors on a drizzly day to pick up bottles and cans forgotten on the ground at Etra Park on Earth Day, run by the Stonybrook-Millstone Watershed. Feeling a part of a group that cares about the environment gave me hope and a sense of community that I often tend to forget when arguing with the television news.
This ability to affect change is what I hope to pass onto the future generations. What is really important to me is making sure that the children continue to care about the environment in New Jersey and all over the world. As a schoolteacher I hear them say that they care, but I am not sure they know that they can do anything about it. They feel helpless and overwhelmed, as often so do I.
Then I take a deep breath and fall back on my yoga training. I’ve found the lessons of yoga to be so valuable, for when I get overwhelmed I can go within and find my strength and realize there is only so much I can do. Yet, if I stay mindful and open to how I can be of service, I am lighter, happier and more able to share that with others.
Karuna Lynne Elson
Editor’s Note: See page 23 for information on Elson’s “Meow Is the Time for Yoga” CD release party on Sunday, May 7, at the Integral Yoga Community Center in the Princeton Shopping Center. Elson — with her puppet, Swami Cat — produces music and videos to introduce children to the practice of yoga.