Earth Days 2016 at Salem State

Elections and the Environment: What’s At Stake?

The theme of this year’s Earth Day celebration at Salem State University is “Elections and the Environment: What’s At Stake?”

With the conclusion of the successful climate change talks in Paris and the federal U.S. elections looming next fall, the future of the environment is at a crossroads. Global commitments to curb greenhouse gas emissions and fossil fuel use create the potential to limit increases in temperature and lessen impacts of global climate change. Concurrently, the fossil fuel industry, climate change deniers and misinformation campaigns prevent enactment of meaningful public policies and hinder constructive discussion about how to address this environmental crisis, particularly in the United States.

We believe that climate change, over-development, environmental degradation, over-consumption and over-population are challenges to survival of human civilization and non-human inhabitants. Costs of climate change include conflict, poverty, inequality, hunger and species extinctions.

Our theme looks at these issues in the context of the 2016 elections. The election of a new president and Congress will determine how effectively the United States confronts climate change and transitions away from fossil fuels to alternative renewable energy sources. The election will also decide the future of clean water laws and other environmental regulations. Wildlife face enormous threats from sustained Congressional attacks on the Endangered Species Act and the opening of national wildlife refuges to hunting and resource exploitation. Our goal is to help ensure that concerns for the environment and climate change will be on the minds of voters when they step into the voting booth in the fall.

Earth Days Week 2016 will explore and highlight the role of environmental issues in the elections and the role of the elections in deciding the future of planet Earth and its environments. The Earth Day Planning Committee invites you to participate in this year’s Earth Days events to learn, contemplate, discuss and share ideas on this theme.


Monday April 11, 2016

Environmental Involvement and Career Forum, 10:30am - 12:30pm, Veterans Hall, Ellison Campus Center

Representatives from state and federal government, environmental organizations, activist groups and more will attend. Students should come to network with environmental professionals, to investigate summer and academic year internships, and learn about potential jobs.

Faculty coordinator for this event: TBA


Earth Day Poster Competition. Check in for Student Posters, 10:30 - 11:00am, Lobby, Ellison Campus Center

Student Poster & Art Competition, 11:00am - 12:20pm, Ellison Campus Center

The Earth Day Student Poster Competition is the only judged poster competition on campus and features cash awards to the top ten percent of submitted posters. Any class at 200-level or higher is able to submit posters on the Earth Days Week theme. Approximately 100 research posters, submitted by SSU students in many disciplines, will be judged in the morning. Visitors are encouraged to view the posters and speak with the students who created them during the competition phase and until 12:20pm.
Coordinators for poster competition: Dr. Severin Kitanov, Philosophy, and Dr. Marcos Luna, Geography


Wednesday April 13, 2016

Earth Days 2015 Keynote Address and Awards Ceremony, 5 - 8 p.m.


Financial Support for Earth Days Generously Provided By the following:

  • Tefferteller Foundation
  • Chartwells of Salem State University
  • Hayden-MacNeal Publishers
  • Pearson Publishers
  • Salem State University School of Graduate Studies
  • Salem State Univesity School of Continuing and Professional Studies
  • Salem State University College of Arts and Sciences
  • Salem State University College of Health and Human Services
  • Salem State University Bertolon School of Business
  • Salem State University Student Government Association
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