As wildfires raged and reports of climate crises dominated the news cycle, the students of the PSEG Institute for Sustainability Studies Green Teams 2021 summer program brought not only the scientific method and careful research but a sense of urgency and growing impatience to their final presentations at the Kasser Theater August 4.
A desire to break through the noise was on display from the start, as the day began not with a slide show but with a dance performance choreographed to a recording of renowned 18-year-old environmental activist Greta Thunberg.
“We have to acknowledge that the older generations have failed. All political movements in their current form have failed. But Homo sapiens have not yet failed,” intoned the voice of Thunberg as Green Team program alumna Kaitlyn Esposito and current program member Morgan Nash danced to their own choreography, accompanied by Melissa Nash and Alexandra Butman. The piece was titled “Wake Up!”
A theme of being behind the curve and needing to catch up reverberated throughout the 12 presentations on diverse projects ranging from vertical farms to mass transit electric vehicles to upgrades for affordable housing to novel clean energy storage.