EARTH WEEK EVENTS at TC3 2016 – April 18th-24th
Monday, 4/18, 12:00 – 1:00, room 210; How a Carbon Fee can Save the Environment, Stop Terrorism, and Grow our Economy, by Pat Sewell – Bring your lunch!
Since the 1970’s, the U.S. has struggled with problems stemming from our dependence on oil. Foreign analysts have tracked oil’s role in destabilizing the Middle East, while at the same time, climate scientists have tracked oil’s role in destabilizing the climate. The sooner the U.S. gets off fossil fuels, the sooner we stop funding terrorists; and the sooner we save the climate. Hear more about the problems of fossil fuels, how the U.S. can wean itself off them, and how you can get involved.
Pat Sewell is a member of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, a non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national polices to address climate change. He is also an adjunct instructor of Environmental Studies at TC3.
This documentary follows the inspirational journeys of four unlikely urban gardeners, discovering what happens when they put their hands in the soil. CAN YOU DIG THIS is not a story of science and economics. It is a story of the human spirit, inspiring people everywhere to pick up their shovels and “plant some sh*t.” From Executive Producer, John Legend, CAN YOU DIG THIS premiered at the 2015 LA Film Festival and won its Jury Award. Take a look at the website http://canyoudigthisfilm.com/ and the trailer https://vimeo.com/129924807
“When you put beauty in a place that has none, that’s a game changer.”
– Ron Finley, the “Gangster Gardener”
Co-sponsors: Sustainability Council, Environmental Studies Program, Office of Multicultural Services, Social Science Program, Sustainable Farming and Food System Program, and Sustainable Growers Garden Club
Wednesday, 4/20, 12pm-1pm, Room 210 – Student Panel: Who Has a Stake in Earth Day?
What are the Environmental Issues Students Have Become Aware of through International Travel? Please bring your lunch!
Thursday, 4/21, 4pm-5pm, Room 210; “Wealth, Money, and the Environment: Towards a Brighter Future” – By Debra Efroymson, Light refreshments
We are constantly told that actions to protect the environment will slow economic growth and thus create job loss and poverty. This is utter nonsense. The same individuals who fight environmental protections are often the same who accrue great wealth to themselves while underpaying and downsizing their workforce. No true prosperity can exist without a healthy environment, nor is prosperity meaningful unless it is shared by all. We need to redefine wealth. We need to preserve the natural environment while ensuring not excess consumption, but rather wellbeing for all.
Debra Efroymson is Regional Director of HealthBridge, a Canadian public health NGO, and co-founder of and advisor to Work for a Better Bangladesh and the Institute of Wellbeing (Bangladesh). Debra has lived in Asia since 1994, in Vietnam, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh. She holds degrees in English and public health from Harvard. Debra is the author of many articles, guides, and books on tobacco control, reproductive health, urban planning, transport policy, and economics, and has spoken extensively on those issues in many countries.
In her latest book, Beyond Apologies, Defining and Achieving an Economics of Wellbeing, she addresses thirteen major myths about economics, including that economic growth is vital and that GDP says something meaningful about people’s wellbeing. In addition to busting each myth, she provides suggestions of a better way to look at each issue and ideas on activism. The book draws on her many years of research as well as personal experience, including in guiding policy-oriented research and advocacy.
Co-sponsors: Sustainability Council, Environmental Studies Program, and Social Science Program
On Friday, watch for activity in the interior courtyard near the cafeteria. The Sustainable Growers Garden Club will be hard at work on their latest project! There may be a volunteer opportunity too – watch for announcements!
Saturday, 4/23, 11am-1pm, TC3 Sustainability Council & SAGE Adopt-A-Highway Road Clean-up, Irish Settlement Road