The theme of this year’s Earth Days Week celebration at Salem State University is “Sustainability: Local and Global Actions to Save the Planet,” which focuses on concrete steps that we can take on-campus, in our communities, nationwide, and globally to protect and preserve the earth, oceans, and the atmosphere. We believe that over-development, over-consumption, and over-population are central challenges to global sustainability and to the survival of the planet and its human and non-human inhabitants. Sustainable development is essential to address inter-related issues such as poverty, inequality, hunger, environmental degradation, and conflict. The Earth Day Planning Committee invites you to participate in this year’s Earth Days events to learn, contemplate, discuss and share strategies to foster environmental sustainability, combat global warming, and protect biodiversity. This week will provide a catalyst to envision a sustainable future for Salem State University.
Organized by Professors Ruget and Randa.
Organized by Professors Fisher and Fletcher.
Organized by Professor S. Young and Sustainability Task Force.
Week-Long Library Earth Day Display, Central Campus
Organized by Librarians Zoppel and Dennis
Tuesday April 9, 2013
Film: "If a Tree Falls: A Story of Earth Liberation Front," 10:50am-12:30pm, MLK Room, Ellison Campus Center
the story of an Earth Liberation Front cell and one of its members, the film
explores questions about environmentalism, activism, and the way we define
Organized by Professor Kitanov.Sponsored by Philosophy Club. Refreshments provided.
Event: "Rideshare into Your Future," Jeffrey Brown, Executive Director, Ridebuzz.org, 3:00-4:30pm, back of Chartwells, Marsh Hall, Central Campus
Organized by Professor Beckwith & Economics Club.Sponsored by Economics Department Speaker Series.
Organized and sponsored by MassPirg.
Professionals in the environmental field share their career paths and job search strategies.
Organized by SSU Career Services and Professor Ruget.
Having brutally occupied the homeland of Native Americans, the invading Europeans forced the indigenous population onto reservations - land that was specifically selected because of its apparent worthlessness. To add salt to wounds that are still open, multinational energy companies and others are coming back to extract the hidden mineral wealth of the reservations, and are leaving a trail of toxins that, if unchecked, will make the land unlivable for centuries to come. But Native American activists are fighting back, and their inspirational stories are chronicled in the documentary against some of the country's most spectacular landscapes.
Organized by Professors Jackman and Ruget.
This film is an unflinching examination of the big business of bottled water.
Sponsored by Economics Club.
The Economics of Happiness describes a world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions. On the one hand, government and big business continue to promote globalization and the consolidation of corporate power. At the same time, all around the world people are resisting those policies, demanding a re-regulation of trade and finance—and, far from the old institutions of power, they’re starting to forge a very different future. Communities are coming together to re-build more human scale, ecological economies based on a new paradigm – an economics of localization.
We hear from a chorus of voices from six continents including Samdhong Rinpoche, the Prime Minister of Tibet's government in exile, Vandana Shiva, Bill McKibben, David Korten and Zac Goldsmith. They tell us that climate change and peak oil give us little choice: we need to localize, to bring the economy home. The good news is that as we move in this direction we will begin not only to heal the earth but also to restore our own sense of well-being. The Economics of Happiness restores our faith in humanity and challenges us to believe that it is possible to build a better world.Sponsored by Geographical Society. Refreshments provided.
Cat Cove Aquaculture Lab Tour, Meet at Cat Cove, 2:00-3:00pm
Organized by Professor Joe Buttner.
Keynote Speaker, Frances Moore Lappé, 5:00-6:00pm, Marsh Hall 210, Central Campus
Award-winning author of 18 books, including Diet for a Small Planet and Ecomind
Sponsored by the Geographical Society, Political Science Academy, Pre-Law Society and Student Government Association.
Book signing and refreshments with Frances Moore Lappé, 6:00pm, Marsh Hall 210, Central Campus
Earth Day Ceremony, 6:30pm, Marsh Hall 210, Central Campus
Announcement of Student Poster Competition Winners
Friend of the Earth Award Presentations to Marc Rodgers, Cape Wind Associates & Frances Moore Lappé, Small Planet Institute
Closing Remarks and thanks to all
Press coverage of the 2011 Friend of the Earth Awards. Also see past press coverage: Earth Days 2008, 2006
Financial Support for Earth Days 2013 Generously Provided By the following organizations and institutions: