Earth Days 2018 at Salem State

State of Nature: Past, Present – and Future?

April 9 - 13, 2018

The theme of this year’s Earth Day celebration at Salem State University is “State of Nature: Past, Present – and Future?” The theme seeks to bring attention to the imminent threats that the natural world faces from climate change, deregulation, environmental degradation and habitat loss.

The week’s events will highlight the unprecedented attacks on science, climate change prevention and mitigation, environmental laws, and protections of wildlife and critical habitats and examine the consequences of this assault on nature for humans and other species, including societal conflict, rampant poverty, pervasive inequality, horrifying drought and famine, extreme and disastrous weather events and devastating species extinctions. Earth Days Week 2018 will explore the implications for the environment and society of population growth and policies that favor reliance on fossil fuels, which threaten the lives, habitat and welfare of wildlife in the U.S. and globally.

At the same time that the natural world is imperiled, public interest in nature and wildlife is at an all-time high. During the week, we will look at the ecological, psychological, social and political importance of nature to society and actions that can be taken to protect the natural world.

The Earth Days Planning Committee invites you to participate in this year’s events to learn, contemplate, discuss and share ideas on the theme: “State of Nature: Past, Present – and Future?”


Monday April 9, 2018


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. 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

Panel: TBA

12:30 - 2 p.m., Martin Luther King, Jr. Room, Ellison Campus Center, North Campus



Thursday April 12, 2018

Earth Days 2018 Awards Ceremony, 5 - 8 p.m., Veterans Hall, Ellison Campus Center, North Campus

Keynote Address

  • TBA

Earth Days Awards Ceremony

Presentation of Friend of Earth Awards to:

  • TBA

Announcement of student Poster and Art Competition winners


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 First Year Experience
  • 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
  • HealthLink
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