This will be mostly a repost of Samira‘s two updates of DMZ‘s original 2012 post but with some important updates, so read on, dear freshies.
Is there anything more romantic than a bike ride in place? (October 2012)
This is part of our 2016 Unofficial Orientation Series. A quick reminder that you can check out the welcome post here and past years’ series here.
If you came to Wesleyan because of some vague, or obvious, interest in environmentalism, then you’re in luck! If you find the right people, organizations, classes, etc. then you’ll have a great support system for keeping green on campus. If you thought it was impressive that the admissions building has solar panels on top of it (mostly a ploy to get environmentalist students to apply), then you’ll have a great time getting involved with sustainability efforts at Wes.
First of all, Wesleyan has a sustainability coordinator, whose role is to help further Wesleyan’s mission of sustainability, including making things clearer to you. Her name is Jen Kleindienst and you can send her an email at jkleindienst(at)wes. For any and all questions regarding sustainability, you should also check out Wesleyan’s sustainability website. (I’ll be going through the most important details, but I can’t link to everything.)
If you haven’t already, be sure to check out this week’s issue of GreenScene to learn about the divestment resolution passed through the WSA, to find some environmentally relevant articles of the week, and to get more info on campus sustainability.
Heard of the Arctic 30? Well did you know that one of our Wes Alums was recently imprisoned for acts of peaceful protest? From our newsletter:
“Earlier last month Wes alum Dima Litvinov ’86 and twenty-nine other Greenpeace activists were arrested in Russia for protesting offshore oil drilling. The activists, known as the Arctic 30, were initially arrested after two of their members attempted to climb an offshore oil rig, the Prirazlomnaya, to hang an anti-drilling banner. The Prirazlomnaya is the first offshore oil rig to drill in the Arctic, which gives environmentalists particular concern given the Arctic’s unique climate and biodiversity. Initially the Arctic 30 was charged with piracy; after public outcry over the piracy charges, Russia has promised to change the alleged offense to hooliganism, which still carries a potential seven year prison sentence. On Nov. 6th the International Tribunal for the Law of the Seas began hearing the Arctic 30’s case.”
Check out our blog for the full article.
Want to eat lunch AND get to chat about Earthy stuff happening on campus with some of Wes’s coolest student groups? Come to the EON meeting for all of the above!
QUESTIONS? E-mail weseon[at]gmail[dot]com!
Date: Friday, November 1st
Time: noon (BYOLunch)
Place: 41 Wyllys Room 110
There’s a lot going on at Wesleyan. We all know that, it’s part of what makes this place so amazing. We also know that it’s hard to stay connected to all the groups, clubs, events, and scenes that you want to be a part of while also juggling class, homework(?), going to the grilled cheese cart at least 3 times a week, and hitting the gym in an attempt to stay looking like you only go once or twice a week. We also know that Wes students love to be good citizens; to each other, to Wesleyan, and hopefully, to the Earth as a whole. We aim high.
Because we know this is a lot to do, we are here to help. We want to help you stay up to date on all of the awesome and important environmental going ons and happenings on campus. So, we’re MORE than happy to tell you that the GreenScene is BACK and better than ever! Looking for a way to fill a Friday afternoon while also attempting to keep your carbon footprint from looking like Shaq’s shoe? Want a few energy saving tips to help relieve some of the guilt from that 20 minute shower you took the other day? Want to get involved with a great group of people on campus? The GreenScene is here to help!
Put out by Wesleyan’s Environmental Organizers Network (EON), the GreenScene is an environmental newsletter that organizes a green calendar for all groups and clubs hosting environmental events to add to, and spot lights some of the great events that have happened or are happening on campus. In this week’s issue you can learn more about Do It In The Dark (otherwise known as the event preceded by the super mysterious yellow numbers on every wood frame and program house door) or about a rally that took place in support of defunding the dirty Keystone XL Pipeline.
We are so excited to be a new addition to the amazing Wesleying blogosphere, check us out here whenever we put out a new issue! Questions/concerns/additions/thoughts/want to write an e-mail to take a break from midterms? Feel free to contact us at weseon[at]gmail[dot]com. Also check us out on Facebook (Wes Eon GreenScene) and Instagram (weseongreenscene)!
Are you interested in not raising children in a post-apocalyptic landscape? The Wesleyan Environmental Organizers Network is having their first meeting on Friday, September 20th! Details from Isabel Stern ’14:
We all know you’ve been waiting, and it’s finally here: THE FIRST EON MEETING OF THE YEAR! We want to hear from every environmentally-minded person/group/club that we can, so come to share your plans for the year, thoughts and ideas about to how to improve the environmental scene at Wes, or just to sit and eat lunch with some awesome people!
Date: Friday, September 20
Place: 41 Wyllys Room 115
Corey Guilmette ’13 wants you to get back on the hill:
Music! Friends! Foss! The Earth! Student Groups! Jorts! Trivia! More Music!
When you out to Foss Hill on Sunday 4/21 (like you do every beautiful Sunday) be prepared to celebrate Earth Day like you’ve never celebrated Earth Day before
2PM: Robert’s Don
4PM: Blackbird and the Cherry Tree
EON, the Environmental Organizers’ Network, is working to get back on its feet after a year’s hiatus. So far this semester, EON has met to map out its form, scope, leadership, and ideals. Tomorrow (Monday) at 4:00 PM in Usdan 108, EON will reconvene to further these discussions, as well as elect the next coordinators to see it through next semester.
Anyone interested in sustainability, environmental organizing, and climate justice issues is invited and encouraged to participate in the meeting and elections.
If you would like to run for one of the three coordinator positions, please fill out this survey by noon on Monday.
EON, the environmental organizers’ network, is looking for three enthusiastic, well-organized coordinators for next semester. The coordinators will plan the big network-wide meetings that will take place about three times per semester, facilitate discussion at those gatherings, and essentially keep the fire burning for EON. No background in environmental activism is necessary, and we encourage anyone who feels strongly about helping organize environmental events and initiatives to apply!
We know that this is a busy time for people, but if you could briefly answer the three questions on the survey by Sunday night, you’ll have a little time at the election meeting (Monday, December 10th at 4 PM) to elaborate. This application just gets you on the ballot. Also, your application questions will be accessible by all EON members to give them a sense of who’s running before the election.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Marj Dodson ’13 (mdodson@wes), Oliver James ’14 (ojames@wes) or Haley Greenberg ’14 (hgreenberg@wes).
Know a friend, classmate, roommate, friendcrush, or lover who you think would make a good coordinator? Let us know and we’ll work on getting them involved!
Here’s the application. (Note: you need a wesleyan.edu account to open it.)
If anyone is to change your attitude about the Green Party, surely Cheri Honkala is the woman to do it. Though mention of the the Greens may elicit mixed emotions from many of you–whether bitterness (see: 8 years of my childhood), jubilation, or some combination of the two–Honkala is a woman of her own making. An activist not by choice, but by circumstance, she began her legacy of civil disobedience as a homeless 16-year-old single mother in Minneapolis, squatting in an abandoned HUD house.
She is now the first-ever female candidate for Sheriff in Philadelphia, with a platform that includes a commitment to never evict anyone from his/her home, form community land trusts, and just generally be a badass (additional policies on her website). An avowed advocate of “economic human rights,” Honkala will be speaking at 200 Church tomorrow about “her life, her activism, poverty and homelessness, independent politics, and so on.”
The talk is cosponsored by the Environmental Organizers Network, the Wesleyan Government Department, Wesleyan Democratic Socialists, and Democracy Matters.
See the Facebook event here.
Date: Monday, Oct. 3
Time: 5 PM
Place: 200 Church