Earth Days 2019 at Salem State

Sounding the Alarm on Climate Change: Critical Actions for a Livable Planet

April 8 - 12, 2019

The theme of this year’s Earth Days celebration at Salem State University is Sounding the Alarm on Climate Change: Critical Actions to Save the Planet.” The theme was designed to inform as many people as possible about the limited window that humanity now has to avoid the more dire effects of climate change. According to the most recent comprehensive UN Report, we have roughly ten years to make “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes” or the Earth will become a less habitable, more hostile environment.

The Earth Days Planning Committee invites you to participate in this year’s events to learn, contemplate, discuss and share ideas on the theme: “Sounding the Alarm on Climate Change: Critical Actions to Save the Planet.”


Monday April 8, 2019

Earth Days Art Installation: Disconnected, Frederick Berry Library Atrium & Lobby

Organized by Professor Ken Reker (Art + Design). Exhibit will be on display April 8 - 22.


Earth Days Enviromental Book Display, Frederick Berry Library

Organized by Librarian Carol Zoppel. Exhibit will continue all week.

Earth Days Poster Competition. Veterans Hall, Ellison Campus Center, North Campus. 11:00am - 12:20pm (poster and judge check-in: 10:30 - 11a.m., Lobby)

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.
Organized by Severin Kitanov (Philosophy), and Marcos Luna (Geography) and the Earth Day Planning Committee


Thursday April 11, 2019

Earth Days 2019 Keynote Address & Awards Ceremony, 12:15 - 1:30 pm, Veterans Hall, Ellison Campus Center, North Campus

Keynote Address

Earth Days Awards Ceremony

Presentation of Friend of Earth Awards to:

  • Tim DeChristopher will receive Salem State's annual Friend of the Earth Award in recognition of his work spreading urgency of the climate crisis and the need for bold, confrontational action in order to create a just and healthy world.

Announcement of Student Poster and Art Competition winners



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

See past press coverage: 2015, 2011, 2008, 2006


Financial Support for Earth Days Generously Provided By the following:

  • Salem State University College of Arts and Sciences
  • Salem State University First Year Experience
  • Geographical Society
  • HealthLink
  • Political Science Academy
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