Upcoming event: Earth University
organized by Barnard Columbia Divest for Climate Justice
When: Earth Day, Tuesday April 22nd
Where: On Columbia’s campus at 116th & Broadway – check-in at the Earth University table on Butler Plaza anytime between 12-7PM (right in front of the big Butler Library, across from the domed Low Library!) The FREE Community dinner @ 7PM will be on Furnald Lawn, right next to Lerner Hall.
Help bring climate justice to Columbia’s core.
Join us for a day of classes, workshops, and conversations on climate justice across campus, climate theater and art, and regular classes interrupting business-as-usual to head outside for the day…and then join us for a FREE dinner and music on Furnald Lawn at 7PM!
Schedule for the day (tentative) — check in at the table on Butler Plaza to find locations and go to as few or as many as you like:
12 – 7PM: Check-in, sign our petition, check out climate art, and do SILK-SCREENING at our table on Butler Plaza
12 – 1PM: Creating Climate Change Theatre by Jeremy Pickard
1 – 2PM: Lit Hum & Climate Change by Darragh Martin
2 – 3PM: Children’s Literature & Climate Change by Darragh Martin
2:40 – 3:55PM: Grassroots Environmentalism (a regular class, open to all, meeting in Milbank 302) by Professor Karl Jacoby – a day of his class called Nature and Power: Ecological History of North America
3 – 4PM: The Enlightenment and the Meaning of Climate Change by Professor Todd Gitlin
What does climate change tell us about human reason? Why is the change so hard to grasp? And not least: What are the most intelligent ways to address it?
3 – 4PM: Re-birthing Faith in Ancient Soil by Doug Demeo from GreenFaith
An interactive workshop around a few simple philosophical and theological points about our spiritual relationship with nature, including Jesus’ (coming from my Christian tradition). I’ll recite a couple religious-nature poems, and listen to students share their experiences (joys and struggles) as creatures and faith seekers… Of course, it should all lead to discussion about action steps, leading with our faith or otherwise…
4 – 5PM: Create for Climate Justice by Rachel Schragis
How do we make an enormous, confusing thing like climate change feel emotional and real? How can artists make work that build the movement for Climate Justice? In this workshop, artist Rachel Schragis will share two projects she did to support climate organizing, and talk about successes and failures for using art as a movement building tool.
4 – 6PM: Early Ecologies (an environmental literature seminar class coming outside and open to all!) on Walden, by Professor Anahid Nersessian
5 – 6PM: Consumption and the Environment by Paige West
Our global political economy encourages buying for the sake of endless economic growth; American politicians encourage buying to “keep America strong” even when most products are made elsewhere; advertising agencies spend billions of dollars to convince us that we are lacking — not beautiful enough, not successful enough, not deodorized enough — and then an equal amount to show us the products that will fit our needs, like a key in a lock. This cycle of production, consumption, and disposal of commodities is killing our planet, yet the vast majority of environmental conservation efforts fail to acknowledge this murderous political economy or its effects. This lecture will draw out a series of questions meant to help us all save what is left of this fragile earth.
5 – 6PM: What Should We Do about Fossil Fuel CO2? by climate scientist Wallace Broecker
6 – 7PM: The Ethics of Climate Change & Divestment by Professor Adela Gondek
This class will explain the content of sustainability ethics, including earth justice, environmental justice, biocultural ethics and sectoral ethics (water, food, energy, climate and other ethics). The Divestment Movement will be discussed as a manifestation of the effort to achieve climate ethics.
@ 7PM: FREE COMMUNITY DINNER & MUSIC ON THE LAWN IN FRONT OF FURNALD
Also time TBA: a workshop by K.C. Alvey from 350.org, Deborah Secular from a group fighting Mountaintop Removal, a presentation about Lionfish in the Caribbean, and more…
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.