Earth Days 2017 at Salem State

It's Your World, It's Your Future: Get Involved!

April 10 - 14, 2017

The theme of this year’s Earth Day celebration at Salem State University is “It's Your World, It's Your Future: Get Involved!”

Earth Days Week 2017 will explore and highlight the pivotal role of environmental activism and grassroots mobilization in the effort to change deeply ingrained misperceptions and prejudices regarding the most significant global issue of our time, viz. the rapidly occurring and devastating changes of our planet’s delicate climate. The election of Donald Trump as President presents major challenges for the environment and its protection both in the U.S and globally. With atmospheric CO₂ concentrations consistently surpassing 400 ppm and nuisance coastal flooding regularly happening with high tides along our East Coast, and extreme droughts and weather events occurring frequently – the risk of doing nothing may bring us to the point of no return.

The importance of grassroots mobilization and activism in the coming years will be unprecedented. With full control of the government in the hands of President Trump and the Republican Congress, the international climate change agreement, environmental policies from clean air and clean water to wildlife protections, and our national parks and wildlife refuges are at risk. The appointment of climate change deniers to high-level positions in the new administration demands immediate action.

Earth Days Week 2017 will explore the implications of increased reliance on coal and expansion of fracking and off-shore drilling on the environment and climate change. During the week, we will feature the organizations leading the fight on campus and at the local, state and federal level to prevent retreat from the policy gains of the past five decades and to move forward science-based initiatives to address climate change.

We believe that climate change, over-development, environmental degradation, over-consumption and over-population are central challenges to the survival of the planet and its human and non-human inhabitants. The costs of climate change include conflict, poverty, inequality, hunger and species extinctions.

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 10, 2017

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: Dr. Jay Ranga, Chemistry & Phsyics


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


Thursday April 13, 2017

Earth Days 2017 Awards Ceremony, 6 - 8:30 p.m., Marsh Hall 210, Central Campus

6 p.m.- 7 p.m.: Earth Days Awards Ceremony
Presentation of Friend of Earth Awards to:

  • TBA.

Announcement of student Poster and Art Competition winners

7 p.m. – 8 p.m.: Reception

See a list of past Friend of the Earth Award recipients (pdf)

Press coverage for 2015 Earth Days Week.

See past press coverage: Earth Days 2011, 2008, 2006


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
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