One Person, One Family, One Town – Our Roles in Sustainability

ISSUE #2 – April 15, 2020

Editor’s Note

Welcome back to Princeton Perspectives!

A lot has happened in the month since we launched. COVID-19 is no longer something happening there, it’s happening here and everywhere. We wish you all good health and are eternally grateful to our essential workers, saving lives in hospitals, selling us groceries, teaching our children, collecting our trash and so much more. The rest of us are staying home doing our part to try and flatten the curve. But did you know some scientists speculate that over time climate change will kill more people than COVID-19? What will it take for people to start making changes to help flatten that curve? Read More…

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Perspectives Revisited

In Issue #2 One Person, One Family, One Town – Our Roles in Sustainability we shared in the article To Go Reusable or Use Plastic Bags? That is Again the Question that the NJ State Senate had approved a state-wide ban on single-use plastic and paper bags last March. While the COVID pandemic questioned the safety of reusable bags by many, the environmental issue has now moved forward. Earlier this month, Governor Phil Murphy signed it into law. If you’re concerned with the pandemic or not already accustomed to carrying bags with you, there’s a little time to adjust. The ban on single-use plastic and paper bags, as well as disposable polystyrene foam food containers and cups begins May 2022.

In Issue #5 When the Dust Settles – How a Community Turns Awareness into Action, a lot of desires were discussed with regards to advancing racial literacy and social justice in the article Schools in Princeton: Their Roles in Combatting Racism. Since then, John Witherspoon Middle School was temporarily renamed Princeton Unified Middle School (with a new name expected by June 2021) and at that school, a new course in racial literacy has been offered for each of the three grades. Additionally, Princeton Public Schools have engaged staff in more equity and antiracist training and added a Racial Literacy Project for grades PreK-1 (with plans to extend it through 5th Grade).