In what might have been the biggest Earth Day in world history, Buffalo’s March For Science, was a smashing success as thousands of people spent their afternoons united for an important cause. The march was one-of-600 satellite marches being held around the world on April 22nd. 1,500-2,000 people gathered at Soldier Square, in the city of Buffalo, to urge government officials to listen to the science on Climate Change and take action.
A mix of ethnicities and ages filled the crowd, one message was clear; the time to act to protect our planet is now. Protesters marched half a mile to a rally in Hoyt Lake; they carried a multitude of signs ranging from climate change, to improving science in schools, as well as, the importance of science in understanding mental health.
It concluded by a small speaking series from several scientist, environmentalists and even religious figures from around the area each one stressing the vital importance of science and staying informed of the facts. Local environmental organizations set up informational tents to inform citizens on ways they can contribute and suggest ways they can continue to push the message.
Earth Day, which marks the birth of the modern environmental movement, has been around since 1970. While small at first, it has grown to over 184 countries. Additionally, there were many environmental activities being held around Western New York including area clean ups around neighborhoods, community gardens, as well as several tree planting events. Buffalo should be proud of the strong turnout and continue the fight for a healthier planet. Society can only begin to make changes by insisting of them in our own backyard. Buffalo, keep up the good work and keep fighting for that change!
Dimitri Malliaris is the public relations intern for Full Plate Publicity. He is currently completing his bachelor’s degree at Buffalo State University in public communications with a minor degree in environmental science. He is in his final semester of college, and is currently the vice-president of PRSSA- Buffalo State Chapter.
Prior to getting his degree, Dimitri was co-general manager of Nektar and Ambrosia Restaurant in Buffalo, NY. He has spent his life in the hospitality industry. Following graduation, he hopes to work for the environment or renewable energy field doing public relations.