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Earth Charter Community Summit

Values and Principles for a Sustainable World



The Earth Charter is an international document that promotes ecological integrity, social justice, democracy and peace. In 2002, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh became the only institution in the state and one of only eight colleges and universities that, as an entire institution, endorses the Earth Charter. Each year, UW Oshkosh holds a summit promoting the values espoused by the Earth Charter. All are welcome at these events!

Earth Charter Community Summit 2014

Calendar of Events


Monday Oct. 6

Fair Trade Clothing, Sonja Parr

Reeve Union 213

4:00 - 5:30 PM

As the first Fair Trade University in the United States, UW-Oshkosh hosts Fair Trade events  throughout the year, as well as during Earth Charter and Earth Week. Join us to learn more about Fair Trade and Fair Trade clothing from Sonja Parr with Liz Alig Clothing.

Tuesday Oct. 7

Countering Climate Change: Should UW-Oshkosh Divest from Fossil Fuels?

Sage Hall 4224

4:00 - 5:00 PM

UW-Oshkosh’s Change the Climate Campaign is focusing on divestment from fossil fuels, weighing the pros and cons. This event will educate the campus community about what it means to divest from fossil fuels and what that could mean for UW-Oshkosh.


Oshkosh Candidates Forum

Sage Hall 1210

6:30 - 7:30 PM

Candidates invited:

Mark Elliot and Gordon Hintz, State Assembly District 54

Gus Fahrendorf, Glenn Grothman, and Mark Harris, 6th Congressional District

Keeping with the Earth Charter’s principles of Democracy, Nonviolence and Peace, UW-Oshkosh is excited to partner with the League of Women Voters and sponsor a candidate debate, given the upcoming elections this year. Join us to learn about candidates’ stances on the issues and make your voice heard, and your vote count!


Wednesday Oct. 8

Bike Expo

Reeve Union Concourse

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

re:TH!NK Winnebago and Winnebago Bicycle

The fall weather has been beautiful, which means it is still a great time to bike to and from campus! Come learn about the rules of the road and get your bike tuned up!


Earth Charter Community Summit Banquet

Alumni Welcome and Conference Center, Ballrooms B/C

5:00 PM - Doors open

6:00 PM - Dinner

7:00 PM - Keynote: “Adaptation: Climate Change and the Future of Cities”, Eric Klinenberg

The fundamental threat to the human species is our collective inability to reduce our carbon emissions and slow the pace of climate change. Yet, even if we managed to stop increasing global carbon emissions tomorrow, we would probably experience several centuries of additional warming, rising sea levels, and more frequent dangerous weather events. If our cities and communities are to survive, we have no choice but to adapt.

For the past decade and a half, governments around the world have been investing in elaborate plans to secure their cities from the ravages of climate change—protecting people, businesses, and critical infrastructure against weather-related calamities. Much of this work involves upgrading what engineers call “lifeline systems”: the network infrastructure for power, transit, and communications, which is crucial in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. Some of the solutions are capital-intensive and high-tech; some are low- or no-tech approaches, such as organizing communities so that residents know which of their neighbors are vulnerable and how to assist them.

In this talk, NYU sociologist Eric Klinenberg, author of Heat Wave and research director of the Rebuild by Design competition, will explore emerging ideas and recent designs for climate change adaptation.

Eric Klinenberg is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at NYU. He is the author of Heat Wave, Fighting for Air, and Going Solo, and he has contributed to the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, and This American Life.


Thursday Oct. 9

CANCELED "Food Waste Diversion Panel"   CANCELED

Sage Hall 2232

4:00 - 5:30 PM


"Building the Green Economy: Indigenous Strategies for a Sustainable Future”, Winona LaDuke

Reeve Union 307

6:00 - 8:00 PM

Sponsored by Inter Tribal Student Organization (ITSO), Student Organiztion of Latinos (SOL), and Environmental Studies.

A graduate of Harvard and Antioch universities, author of six books, and the recipient of numerous awards, Winona LaDuke has devoted her life to protecting the lands and life ways of Native communities. UW-Oshkosh is honored to host this prestigious speaker well-versed in intercultural knowledge and sustainability.


Friday Oct. 10

Community Garden Party

UW-Oshkosh Community Gardens, 3rd St.

2:00 - 5:00 PM

Join us for our annual garden party and help up close down the student community gardens for the season. Food and work gloves will be provided!


Please contact Brad Spanbauer with questions or for more information.

Endorsement Statement

"We, the undersigned, endorse the Earth Charter. We embrace the spirit and aims of the document. We pledge to join the global partnership for a just, sustainable, and peaceful world and to work for the realization of the values and principles of the Earth Charter. We pledge to join the Global Partnership in Support of the Earth Charter Initiative for a sustainable way of life and urge all governments to endorse the Earth Charter."



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