Kate Gilbert ’18 writes in:
In order to raise awareness about environmental issues on Wesleyan’s campus, and to make environmentalism more of a priority of the student body, Matilda Ostow, Lizzy Elliott and I have planned Radical Inhabitation. This action, which consists of a workshop and sleep-out, and culminates in a human banner, strives to connect environmental groups on campus and to expand dialogue about environmental issues. We invite anyone and everyone to participate in this event – join us on Foss on Wednesday April 27th at 7pm.
Re-envision our relationship to green spaces on campus. Climate change is disrupting our world, DISRUPT one night of your life by participating in:
*Workshop* – An evening of environmental exchange and collaboration
*Sleep Out* – Occupying Foss to radicalize the way we inhabit our campus
*Human Banner* – Use our bodies to send a message to the student body
– Come fed
– Bring sleeping bag/pad (or borrow a friend’s)
– Only experience necessary: being a human on planet earth.
Let’s create a collective attitude of environmental awareness and action!
Date: Wednesday, April 27 – Thursday, April 28
Time: 7:00 PM – 11:00 AM
Place: Foss Hill
From eco-warrior Heather Whittemore ’17:
Join us on Wednesday, November 12 for a discussion about the growing resistance to the Spectra pipelines, and how you can join in defeating the fracked-gas industry and opening the way for a renewable energy future.
FANG (Fighting Against Natural Gas) and BASE (Burrillville Against Spectra Expansion) are two grassroots groups that are organizing resistance to the three proposed expansions to Spectra Energy’s northeast fracked-gas pipeline system.
Date: Wednesday, November 12 – TODAY
Time: 7:00-8:30 PM
Place: 200 Church
So maybe you’re a freshman, nervous and overwhelmed by all the information coming at you about classes, housing, what to bring from home – and are feeling like you can’t even begin to think about bigger issues on campus. Or maybe you’re a senior and feel like you’ve gotten this far and never really involved yourself in any social/political engagement on campus, so now it’s way too late and where would you even begin if you wanted to. Wherever you might stand, activism at Wes can seem like a huge, widespread and unnavigable thing.
Thankfully, some very committed students are trying to change that sentiment and make activism within the Wesleyan world an approachable and cohesive community. This past week, the Disorientation Guide was released through the University Organizing Center site to bring together the wide-ranging issues affecting us into one document. The entire Disorientation zine can be downloaded here, and I strongly recommend that everyone take a look at it.
From Cassia Patel ’17:
Come to our film screening of “The End of the Line” on Wednesday, March 26 from 7:30 – 9:00 in PAC 002 to show your support for spreading awareness of the damage destructive fishing practices have on our oceans! Also have the chance to help us with our campaign to show the administration that this is something we as students care about. SNACKS WILL BE PROVIDED
Date: Wednesday, March 26
Time: 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Place: PAC 002
Maya McDonnell ’16 invites you to a film screening:
The world faces accelerated climate catastrophe. If the fossil fuel industry has the most to gain – the youth have the most to lose.
But as the fossil fuel industry profits, students nationwide are taking on the fossil fuel industry head on. Based in Amherst, Massachusetts, Students & Goliath follows the divestment campaigns of five schools: Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mt. Holyoke College, Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts. Eight students lockdown and are arrested inside an energy company’s office to protest a devastating pipeline proposal. 40,000 gather in Washington, DC to demand action. Students & Goliath is the story of a generation waking up, becoming empowered, and taking the climate crisis into their own hands.
Come watch the film, meet the director Alex Leff, and join Wes, Divest for a discussion about the fossil fuel divestment movement!
Date: Saturday, November 9
Time: 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Place: PAC 002
From the incredible Sonia Max ’17:
Let’s talk about divesting Wesleyan from Fossil Fuels! And celebrate Halloween! Come in orange and black or a fun costume. See you there!
Date: Saturday, November 2
Time: 9:26 PM – 12:26 AM
Place: Farm House (344 Washington Street)
Facebook: Event page
Dear Mama Earth musically raises awareness of critical issues such as global warming and wasteful habits, in a way that is not only educational, but entertaining.
In light of Wes EON GreenScene coming back, the rally against the Keystone XL Tarsands Pipeline, and the alumni created plan to solve climate change, I’d say Wesleyan is all about keepin’ it green these days. Brian McKenna’s ‘04 newest project, Dear Mama Earth (DME) is certainly no exception.
Dear Mama Earth, created in Brian’s studio, Btoven Music, is a very unique and powerful album based on an original body of Reggae/Soul music that he co-created along with international vocal sensation, Toussaint Liberator, and featuring samples from Galt Macdermot who is best known for his work in the musical HAIR and who granted personal permission to use samples from his works in DME.
It’s not everyday you come across good reggae music with lyrics like “wonder why we’ll never see a high speed rail/the gas dollars won’t touch the pail/these politicians said they all for sale”. As the up and coming champions of environmental awareness, Brian and Toussaint are currently working on a live music and educational awareness event to be presented in communities and schools nationwide. Just last April they headlined NYC’s 43rd Annual Earth Day at Earth Day NY’s public festival in Union Square.
This project certainly represents a culmination of Wesleyan’s timeless values by using creative expression to address real world issues and advocating for change. Click past the jump to check out the interview and find out more about Dear Mama Earth.
2012 Green Party Presidential candidate Jill Stein will be speaking in Portland, CT (just across the river from Middletown) on Sunday, September 8, on the topic of “After the election: the Green New Deal versus the surveillance state.” Stein’s did not end in November. Instead, she has continued to support the movements for social transformation in this country, attending countless rallies and conferences, fighting in court after being arrested trying to enter the presidential debates, organizing Green campaign schools, and issuing alternative stances to politics-as-usual from the Green Shadow Cabinet. This appearance will be one of many she has made since the election, and is being sponsored by the Green Party of Connecticut.
The event will be at the Portland Senior Center (7 Waverly Ave) starting at 3:00 PM. People from Middletown, including Wesleyan students, will be carpooling there. Please contact Ross Levin at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to join.
Date: Today, September 8
Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Place: Portland Senior Center, 7 Waverly Ave, Portland, CT
Cost: Free (just like US elections, lol jk)
From your brand new EON coordinators Aletta Brady ’15, Nina Gerona ’15, Kate Gibble ’15 and Corey Guilmette ’13:
We are excited to announce that EON’s first meeting of the semester will be held this Friday, February 1st from 1-2PM in 41 Wyllys Room 114. That’s right, we’re back and ready for action.
EON (Environmental Organizers Network) is Wesleyan’s umbrella environmental group that helps organize environmental groups on campus to further promote their ideas. Our agenda for this meeting will be to introduce ourselves and give these various groups an opportunity to introduce themselves and their agendas for the upcoming year. If you want to get involved this is a great space to connect with other people who are interested in many different types of sustainability and Earth related issues. Also on the agenda will be a potential trip to Washington DC during the weekend of February 17th for a protest against the keystone pipeline.
This will also be an opportunity to bring up any relevant environmental issues that you see on campus and discuss a way to organize around them.
What: Environmental Organizers Network’s 1st meeting of the semester
Where: 41 Wyllys, room 114
When: This Friday from 1-2pm
Where on Earth has EON been? Where on Earth is EON going?
The Environmental Organizer’ Network (EON), is a network of environmental and climate activists and a platform for furthering sustainability initiatives in our community. EON has been on a little hiatus, but it’s time we bring it back.
This event is an open discussion for anyone interested in environmental activism to have hir thoughts be heard. EON has been a huge part of student initiatives in the past, and it can be a resource for us again. To make that happen, we need to come together to tackle some big questions like…
What form does it take?
What is its scope?
How will it be run?
Who will run it?
How do we make it more inclusive?