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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 barnardcolumbiadivest@gmail.com with any questions.

Upcoming event: Earth University

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The Crossroads Project: Art, Science and Climate Change Awareness

By Theo Hilton

A couple of months ago, this article by Naomi Klein appeared in the New Statesman about the increasing number of climate scientists who agree that deep, systemic change in the ways we produce and consume are necessary in the effort to mitigate climate change. Further, these changes must come soon if we humans hope to forestall an average warming of 2 degrees Celsius, the widely-accepted projected minimum increase based on anthropogenic activities so far. (I found this article really exciting! I highly recommend it!)

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The Crossroads Project: Art, Science and Climate Change Awareness

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High Line by dchaussee on Flickr.

SML-CUPS SUSTAINABILITY PHOTO CONTEST WINNER: DAISY CHAUSSEE

SML: The theme for this contest was Sustainability in the City. Your photo incorporated building backdrops alongside certain green fixtures–how does this reflect your own interpretation of the word “sustainability” (i.e. how do buildings reflect the image of the “city”)

DC: For me, sustainability relates to the simultaneous preservation and enjoyment of a resource (in this case, nature) so as to avoid damaging or depleting it. My photo shows how we can maintain and preserve parts of nature and enjoy them as a public park, like the High Line, even in the city of New York.

SML: What was the most challenging aspect of deciding which themes pertaining to sustainability and the city would be incorporated into the photograph? 

DC: The most challenging aspect wasn’t deciding which themes of sustainability to incorporate, but rather finding those themes present somewhere in the city. In the concrete jungle, it’s hard to look past the buildings and streets and notice people living, acting, or working in sustainable ways.
SML: With regards to the theme of sustainability, what would you say differentiates your photograph from any other photograph that illustrates a park or any other green space within a city?

DC: I think what differentiates my photograph from others is the stark contrast between the beautifully maintained, elevated public park and the industrial buildings in the background. This juxtaposition is captivating and thought provoking, especially with regards to the theme of sustainability.

High Line by dchaussee on Flickr.

SML-CUPS SUSTAINABILITY PHOTO CONTEST WINNER: DAISY CHAUSSEE

SML: The theme for this contest was Sustainability in the City. Your photo incorporated building backdrops alongside certain green fixtures–how does this reflect your own interpretation of the word “sustainability” (i.e. how do buildings reflect the image of the “city”)

DC: For me, sustainability relates to the simultaneous preservation and enjoyment of a resource (in this case, nature) so as to avoid damaging or depleting it. My photo shows how we can maintain and preserve parts of nature and enjoy them as a public park, like the High Line, even in the city of New York.

SML: What was the most challenging aspect of deciding which themes pertaining to sustainability and the city would be incorporated into the photograph?

DC: The most challenging aspect wasn’t deciding which themes of sustainability to incorporate, but rather finding those themes present somewhere in the city. In the concrete jungle, it’s hard to look past the buildings and streets and notice people living, acting, or working in sustainable ways.

SML: With regards to the theme of sustainability, what would you say differentiates your photograph from any other photograph that illustrates a park or any other green space within a city?

DC: I think what differentiates my photograph from others is the stark contrast between the beautifully maintained, elevated public park and the industrial buildings in the background. This juxtaposition is captivating and thought provoking, especially with regards to the theme of sustainability.

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The Challenges of Climate Change Communication - a Google+ Hangout from Discovery Channel Science Documentary

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