“At the end of each week, ask yourself: ‘Have I done this much this week as I did during the week of January 20th?'” – Chris Murphy
Last Thursday, February 2, at midnight, I got an email saying that U.S. Senator from Connecticut Chris Murphy was coming to hold a meeting on environmental policy on the morning of Saturday, February 4 and that there weren’t that many seats left at this late stage. The town hall was sponsored by the College of the Environment and the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life. The senator, notable for his Twitter takedowns of Donald Trump, took many questions on everything from general political engagement in these fiery times, to specific measures on the preservation of federal lands, and the precarious nature of environmental data in the Trump administration. He also answered a question on whether he would be considering a Presidential bid for 2020. Read past the jump for more on the town hall:
A cool presentation happening tomorrow:
In this presentation, Visiting Artist in Dance and the College of East Asian Studies Eiko Otake and Professor of History, East Asian Studies, Science in Society, and Environmental Studies William Johnston will show images from their third visit to Fukushima in August 2016, five years after the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdowns of March 2011. They will discuss how they have collaborated in the conceptualization, execution, curation, and presentation of the resulting images as installations that include both prints and videos. The images at the core of this generative process act not only in capturing the residue of the performances but also as part of the generative process that informs subsequent dimensions of this ongoing project.
The exhibition “A Body in Fukushima” was on display in the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery from February through May 2015.
Date: Thursday, November 17th
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Ring Family Performing Arts Hall (former CFA Hall)
MORE INFO HERE
From Jen Kleindienst, Sustainability Director:
Are you interested in making sustainable change on campus? Want to break out of the student bubble?
If so, join a group of students, faculty, and staff at the first SAGES (Sustainability Advisory Group for Environmental Stewardship, Wesleyan’s official sustainability committee) meeting of the semester!
The Sustainability Action Plan will be complete (or nearly complete) by the time of this first meeting, so we’ll discuss ways for SAGES members to get involved in making Wesleyan’s campus more sustainable.
Date: Tuesday, October 13
Time: 2PM – 3PM
Place: Usdan 108
The amazing Rachel Earnhardt ’17 invites you to an interest meeting for her student forum class:
In this student forum, we begin by exploring the canon of American environmental literature and discussing key elements of ecocriticism. We will then dive into contemporary topics/mediums like environmental journalism, writing about climate change, urban nature journaling, environmental justice literature and many more. Through a variety of writing exercises, we will work to shape our voices as we are part of the next generation of environmental communicators. In addition, there are some v exciting guest speakers lined up to complement the course material! This is a 1.0 credit (pass/fail) course.
If you need more incentive, there will be DESSERT at the meeting (and probably several classes too).
***If you can’t come to the interest meeting or can’t wait until tomorrow, please email me and I can send you a copy of the syllabus!***
Date: Tuesday, September 8th
Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Place: Allbritton 311
From Kate Weiner ’15:
Inspired by the practices of some of the creative environmental artists that I met with during my “Visualizing the Environment” grant, my final exhibit will be a short and sweet interactive field guide to Wesleyan’s campus. We will start at 2 p.m. in the CFA courtyard with a mindfulness exercise guided by Katie McLaughlin before gravitating to the North College Lawn for a movement experience led by Jacob Musinsky and Chloe Jones. Afterwards, we will make our way to Earth House for a free meal to check out the environmental art show. This field guide will use a collaborative approach to cultivating experiences within Wesleyan’s shared spaces. Hope you can come and enjoy!
Date: Saturday, April 25th
Place: CFA Courtyard
From Rachael Metz ’16:
Interested in the relationship between food and the environment?
Animal agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation, water consumption and pollution, is responsible for more greenhouse gases than the transportation industry, and is the primary driver of rainforest destruction, species extinction, habitat loss, topsoil erosion, ocean “dead zones,” and virtually every other environmental ill. Yet it goes on, almost entirely unchallenged.
Climate Ambassadors is putting on a film screening of Cowspiracy, a new documentary about the animal agriculture industry and its relation to climate change and other environmental problems. This is an issue over which we as individuals DO have control, and as a campus, we can make a difference, every time we sit down to eat.
We will have a FREE (!!!!) dinner beforehand catered by Tandoor. Dinner will start at 6 PM and the film will start at 6:30.
Check out the website here and the facebook event here.
Time: 6-8 PM
Place: Downey House 113
PSA from Isabel Stern ’14:
Thinking about what to do after you graduate? Care about our lovely little planet? Don’t want to sit in a cubicle for the next 40 years?
Green Corps could be perfect for you! In Green Corps’ yearlong paid program, you’ll get intensive training in the skills you need to make a difference in the world. You’ll get hands-on experience fighting to solve urgent environmental problems — global warming, deforestation, water pollution, factory farming and many others — with groups like Sierra Club and Food & Water Watch. And when you graduate from Green Corps, we’ll help you find a career with one of the nation’s leading environmental and social change groups.
Come to Usdan 108 on Thursday 10/16 to learn more about this program, and ask any questions you can think of!
Hyper link application here.
Date: Thursday, October 16th
Time: 7:00-8:00 PM
Place: Usdan 108
From Zia Grossman-Vendrillo ’15:
Submit to Loam, Wesleyan’s environmental art magazine. We are looking for visual art, poetry, thoughts, musings… anything! Be creative! Send submissions and questions to zgrossmanven[at]wesleyan[dot]edu by October 20th.
This past Sunday about 400,000 people walked in the People’s Climate March. Some odd hundred of those thousands were Wes students (and my housemate estimates that if you include Wes Grads there were about one gazillion of us, but that’s a rough number).
The People’s March was in anticipation of the UN Climate Summit that happened this past weekend (Sorry! I’ve been busy). There were no demands and no target for the march, but it still billed itself as the “biggest climate change demonstration ever.” Personally, I think it was pretty invigorating to see so many disparate affinity groups unite under the umbrella cause of taking action on climate change.
From the minimal carbon footprint of Rina Kremer ’15:
Hi Folks,Y’all wanted more buckets, and — thanks to The Pickle Stand — we now have those buckets! Come visit us in Exley Lobby again on Thursday night from 6:30-8PM, or until we run out again. Happy composting!
Place: Exley Lobby