Earth Days 2015 at Salem State

Whose Earth Is It? Climate Change, Biodiversity and the Future

The theme of this year’s Earth Day celebration at Salem State University is “Whose Earth Is It? Climate Change, Biodiversity and the Future”

Inspired by Conservation International’s “Nature is Speaking” campaign, Earth Days Week this year will focus on human interactions with nature and the consequences of these interactions for the future. We believe that global warming, 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. How we interact with nature will determine our future.

The Earth Day Planning Committee invites you to participate in this year’s Earth Days events to learn, contemplate, discuss and share ideas to protect and preserve the earth, oceans, atmosphere and biodiversity and to foster coexistence with nature. To encourage discussion of these important issues within the campus community, we encourage the campus community to watch the “Nature is Speaking” short films – The Ocean, Mother Nature, The Soil, Water, The Rainforest, The Redwood and Coral Reef – at


Monday April 13, 2015

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: Prof. Jennifer Jackman, Political Science


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: Professor Kevin Beckwith, Economics, and Librarian Carol Zoppel

Panel discussion: “TBA"

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

Panelists: TBA 

Organized by TBA 


Wednesday April 15, 2015

Earth Days 2015 Evening Program, 4:30 - 8 p.m., Meier Hall 444

Social hour with refreshments and live music

Introductions & Opening Remarks

Announcement of student Poster Competition winners

Presentation of "Friend of the Earth" Award:

Closing Remarks and thanks to all

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

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 University College of Arts and Sciences
  • Salem State University College of Health and Human Services
  • Salem State University Student Government Association
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