Information is everywhere, but knowledge moves one person at a time.

Chris Castiglione
Oct 8, 2014 · 2 min read

A few weeks ago 400,000 people marched the street’s of New York City at the People’s Climate March. That morning it was hard for me to wake up. In bed. Sunday at 9am. Would one person REALLY make a difference???

One large coffee and 10 subways stops later I arrived at my answer.

On the sidelines of the march…

I overheard these two police officers having a lively chat about the hazards of fracking. And it all started with a simple question from the officer on the left, “What is fracking?”

Yes. What is fracking? It’s a tough question, but the officer on the right was prepared. He came with answers on everything from details of the chemicals in fracking fluid, to the drilling process, and the contamination of local water supplies.

Maybe it’s just me. But I don’t walk into too many 15+ minute conversations on hydraulic fracturing these days. But that’s what was happening at The People’s Climate March.

Discussions. Curiosity. And answers.

It was inspiring. And knowing that everyone cared as much as I did made me feel a little less insane that day.

Can a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens change the world? “That’s all that ever has,” points out Margaret Mead. And if you didn’t see it on TV, that’s fine. Because it happened. It’s right here.

Information is everywhere, but knowledge moves one person at a time.
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PPS. For more information on fracking read the Gasland FAQ and watch the documentary film Gasland.

Thanks to Michael Dellert.

    Chris Castiglione

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    Teacher at Faculty at Columbia University. Host of the Learn to Code Podcast. I write about coding, the internet, and social impact.