Each year on April 22nd, millions of people around the globe celebrate Earth Day, to remember that our planet is precious and that taking care of it is within our reach. Showcasing sustainable living, ecosystems and biodiversity, environmental justice, clean energy and so much more, Earth Day focuses on solutions.
The international celebration originated with the modern environmental movement in 1970. At the time, environmental issues were not at the forefront of the public eye due to a lack of knowledge and concern over environmental issues and their impact on human health. When marine biologist and conservationist Rachel Carson wrote Silent Spring in 1962, she revealed several environmental issues plaguing society. The birth of Earth Day marked the beginnings of public awareness of the link between pollution and public health and concern for living organisms and the environment.
In parallel to St. Louis Earth Day, distinguished festival happening in the heart of Forest Park over the course of an entire weekend, WashU adapted a longstanding tradition of celebrating Earth Day for a whole week. Coordinated by the Student Green Council (SGC), a variety of student groups, departments and individuals will be hosting a series of events during the week of March 26th. All events are free and open to the public.
Earth Week Events
Monday March 26 at 11a at the DUC Edison Courtyard
Come shop at a free market and engage in Zero Waste Crafting as a part of the repair and reuse fair of the Points of Intervention Tour!
Monday March 26 from 7 to 8:30pm at the Goldberg Formal Lounge
Listen to a panel discussion about how can one intervene at the five points in the linear economy. Speakers from local community organizations are going to share their experience of combating a broken system.
Tuesday March 27 from 4 to 8:30pm at the Emerson Auditorium – REGISTRATION REQUIRED
A series of panels that will bring together experts and executives from a variety of industries to showcase and compare approaches to achieve sustainability and social impact goals.
Wednesday March 28 from 7 to 8:30pm in Whitaker Hall, Room 100
After a presentation of the currently available data on global warming, Professor George Philander from Princeton University will invite the audience to create awareness that the present is a precarious moment in Earth’s history, a time for caution and circumspection.
30 MILLION Documentary Screening AND PAINTING ACTIVITY
Wednesday March 28 at 8:30pm
More details to come.
Thursday March 29 from 7 to 11am at the Knight Center (Snow Way)
All are welcome to bring accepted items to the collection drive. All confidential papers and hard drives will be securely and safely recycled by certified vendors. Visit the event page for more information about eligible items.
Thursday March 28
More details to come.
Any updates related to these events will be posted on this webpage, so keep an eye open on the calendar and get ready to participate! If you wish to volunteer your time to make Earth Week a success, please email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.