Earth Days 2019 at Salem State

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

April 8 - 12, 2019

The Earth Days Planning Committee invites you to participate in this year’s events to learn, contemplate, discuss and share ideas. 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.
Information on environmentally friendly transportation options and links to the campus map and parking options are available at


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 Library Display, Frederick Berry Library,
North Campus

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


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


Panel: Climate Change Research Across SSU.
12:30 - 1:45 pm, Martin Luther King, Jr. Room, Ellison Campus Center, North Campus

Come hear six Salem State professors, from various departments across the university, discuss their climate change research. • Gail Gasparich, Dean, College of Arts & Sciences, Introduction • Steve Young, Geography, Moderator • Brad Hubeny, Geological Sciences • Lisa Delissio, Biology • Dennis Rosemartin, Education • Noel Healy, Geography • Avi Chomsky, History



Talk: E is for Elephant, Not Extinction. 2:00 - 2:45 pm,
225 Meier Hall, North Campus

Elephants as Ecosystem Engineers.
Elephants are one of the most charismatic and unique-looking animal species, well-known for their impressive mental capabilities, close family ties and social complexity. Attend this presentation by psychology professor Andrea Zeren to learn about their lesser-known but equally important role in maintaining the biodiversity of the ecosystems in which they live.


Climate-friendly Meal & Movie: Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story. 5:30 - 7:30 pm, Marsh Dining, Main Campus

Meal by cash or Clipper Card only. Movie sponsored by MASSPIRG Students


Tuesday April 9, 2019

Student Breakfast with President Keenan. 8:00 - 9:15 am, 316 Meier Hall, North Campus

Please note that the student breakfast with the president is by invitation only. Hosted by the President's Office, Organized by Tara Gallagher


Film: Bidder 70.  9:25 - 10:40 am, Martin Luther King, Jr. Room, Ellison Campus Center, North Campus

Internationally renowned climate activist Tim DeChristopher is the Earth Days keynote speaker on Thursday, April 11th. In anticipation of his talk, all are invited to Bidder 70, the documentary centering on DeChristopher's act of civil disobedience to protect thousands of acres of pristine western lands from federal auction in 2008. This successful disruption of an oil and gas lease auction earned DeChristopher two years in prison. He has since dedicated his professional life to the pursuit of climate and environmental justice.


Breakfast Reception with artists who created Disconnected, the Earth Days Week Public Art Installation. 9:25 - 10:40 am, Frederick Berry Library Plaza, North Campus

Disconnected was designed specifically for Earth Days Week and will remain on view in the library atrium & commons from Monday, April 8 until Friday, April 22. For inquiries contact Professor Ken Reker at


Tour: Gassett Solar Panel Tour and Discussion of Solar Power on Campus. 10:50 - 12:05 pm, O'Keefe Campus Center,
North Campus - Note Time change

Tour with Tara Gallegher, Sustainability Coordinator & Ben Szalewicz, Assoc. VP - Capital Planning & Facilities Management.
Meet in Gassett Lobby. Pre-registration required. Contact Tara Gallagher at


Film: What the Health. 1:40 - 2:55 pm, Martin Luther King, Jr. Room, Ellison Campus Center, North Campus

A documentary film that advocates a plant-based diet. The film follows Kip Andersen as he interviews physicians and other individuals regarding diet and health

Bike Trail Cleanup. 3:00 - 4:30 pm

Meet at Starbucks at 2:45pm, we will then proceed to the bike trail until 4:30 pm. Dinner will be provided, sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement. Rain or Shine.
To reserve your spot, contact Annmarie Bedard at


Wednesday April 10, 2019

Tour of Greenhouse Aquaponics: Growing Plants on Metabolic Wastes of Aquacultured Fish.
8:30 - 9:15 am, Meier Hall Greenhouse, North Campus

Learn how SSU is growing fish and plants with a reduced environmental footprint. Biology professor Joseph Buttner invites the Salem State community and the public to tour the aquaponics system at Salem State. Aquaponics is a form of water-based food production integrating three biological players - fish, plants, and bacteria - in a symbiotic environment.
The ecological footprint is minimal in this sustainable form of food production. Fish waste becomes the nutrients supporting plant growth that in turn helps to purify the water for the fish. The weekly harvest of leafy greens averages 140 grams!
Use the stairs near Meier Hall 537. Use the stairs near Meier Hall 537.


Connect with North Shore Environmental Groups.
11:00 - 1:00 pm, North Campus Dining Commons

Learn how you can get involved by talking with environmental groups active on campus or in the region. • SSU Sunrise • MASSPIRG • Citizens’ Climate Lobby • And others. Organized by MASSPIRG Students.


Panel: Climate Change Mitigation: Region, City, Campus and Individual. 1:40 - 2:55 pm, Martin Luther King, Jr. Room, Ellison Campus Center, North Campus

Come learn what is happening to address climate change on the north shore, the City of Salem, and at Salem State. You'll also learn how you can make a difference as an individual. • Marcos Luna, SSU Geography Department, Moderator • Barbara Warren, Executive Director, Salem Sound Coastwatch • Jenna Ide, Director of Capital Projects & Sustainable perations, City of Salem • Tara Gallagher, SSU Sustainability Coordinator • Joey Wolongevicz, SSU Class of 2022, SGA Freshman Senator



Thursday April 11, 2019

Student Advocacy Day Activist/Advocate Panel. 9:25 - 10:35 am, Veterans Hall, Ellison Campus Center, North Campus

Kim Barboza, President, The Florence Luscomb Women’s Center, Moderator • Janet Domenitz, Executive Director, MASSPIRG, MA • Ben Hellerstein, State Director, Environment Massachusetts • Elizabeth Nash Wrenn, Senior Manager of Educational Programming, Healing Abuse Working for Change (HAWC), Salem, MA • Alexandra Piñeros-Shields, PhD, Executive Director, Essex County Community Organization (ECCO), Lynn, MA • Elsabel Rincon, Manager of Settlement Programs, The House of the Seven Gables, Salem, MA.


Student Advocacy Day Breakout Sessions: Digging Deeper. 10:45 - 11:35 am, Ellison Campus Center, North Campus

Sexual Violence, MLK Rm • Immigration, Metro Rm • Climate Change, Underground Rm • Voting Rights, Persidential Conference Rm • Activist Tools for Change, ECC Lobby.


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

Keynote Address

  • Activism for the End Times, Tim DeChristopher, Climate Activist
    Tim DeChristopher disrupted a Bureau of Land Management oil and gas auction in December 2008, by posing as Bidder 70 and outbidding oil companies for parcels around Arches and Canyonlands National Parks in Utah. For his act of civil disobedience, he was sentenced to two years in federal prison. DeChristopher organized the climate justice organization Peaceful Uprising and co-founded the Climate Disobedience Center. DeChristopher will receive Salem State's annual Friend of the Earth Award in recognition of his work spreading the urgency of the climate crisis and the need for bold, confrontational action in order to create a just and healthy world.

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



Celebration of new Zagster Bike Hub on North Campus. 12:30 - 3:30 pm, Ellison Plaza, North Campus

Salem State is welcoming a new Zagster bike hub on the plaza outside of Ellison Campus Center. The party will feature giveaways, bike helmet raffles, biking information, and blender bikes where your pedaling creates delicious fruit smoothies that will be shared with all.
This new hub will join the ones on central and south campuses and the 13 others around the city. The 30-bike expansion throughout Salem is supported by Blue Cross Blue Shield.


Friday April 12, 2019

Panel: Political Climate Change Solutions: The Green New Deal and Carbon Pricing. 12:15 - 1:30 pm, Martin Luther King, Jr. Room, Ellison Campus Center, North Campus

Confused about the Green New Deal and Carbon Pricing?
Our panelists will discuss these proposed political strategies for addressing climate change. • Guy Bellino, SSU Political Science Department, Moderator • The Green New Deal: Morgan Bell, Regional Director for Congressman Seth Moulton • Carbon Fee and Dividend: Robert Bonney, North Shore Chapter Lead, Citizens’ Climate Lobby • Carbon Pricing: Ken Ardon, SSU Economics Department, Discussant


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:

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