Each year, UW Oshkosh celebrates Earth Day with a week-long series of events. The goal of Earth Week is to highlight local and global environmental issues and to encourage students, faculty, staff and the larger community to take learn about the issues and take action, as individuals and communities, to create a more sustainable world in the face of unprecedented global-scale change.
The week's events include speakers, films, e-waste recycling, workshops, tree plantings, and more, and offers plenty of opportunities to get involved. Come join in—all events are free and open to the public.
Earth Week 2014: Climate Change: Human Health and Social Justice
Schedule of events for April 21-26
Monday, April 21
- 7:45 am-3:00 pm: E-cycling Event, Blackhawk Parking Lot #15
Large and small items accepted! Please see list below for items that can and cannot be accepted. Sponsored by SEAC and the Renewable Energy Institute.
- 9:00 am: Tree Planting (bur oaks), Location: North side Arts & Communications
Join the UWO Grounds crew to plant new trees on campus!
Earth Week Banquet: Jeff Phillips presents "The Intersection of Climate and Health: Understanding Climate and Extreme Weather as Public Health Concerns."
- 6:00 pm: Doors open at the Alumni Welcome Center
- 6:30 pm: Dinner
- 7:30 pm: Keynote
An annual tradition! Eat a delicious meal (with vegetarian options) while enjoying a presentation by Jeff Phillips, Climate and Health Effects Program Manager, Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Jeff will provide a brief overview of Wisconsin’s climate trends and projections, and then consider the potential health impacts caused by climate and extreme weather event exposures, including: precipitation changes, heat extremes, drought, winter weather, disease vectors, surface water, and groundwater. He will also describe the Wisconsin Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) Program, which is working collaboratively to build resiliency in the human population, develop strategic and effective adaptation strategies, and engage in long-term emergency response and public health preparedness planning to provide the mechanisms to address climatic impacts.
This event will also serve as the kickoff for the Creating a Stronger Community Contest (CSCC), and attendees will have the opportunity to meet the finalists and view their projects. The winner will be voted on and announced at the CSCC Finale at Becket's on Thursday night.
Value of the meal is $20; donations to cover the cost are appreciated! $5 students, $20 non-students. Pick up your ticket at Titan Central in the Reeve Union to reserve your spot.
Tuesday, April 22
- 11:00 am: Earth Week Tabling and Bike Tuneup in Reeve Union
Learn about groups in the community that are making Oshkosh a greener place to live. Also stop by and have your bike tuned up for spring!
- 4:00 pm: Downtown Pedal with SEAC, outside Reeve Union on Elmwood.
Bring your bike and ride with the group from SEAC to visit downtown shops and grab some coffee or food! Then pedal back in time to catch the Anthropology Club movie! Don’t forget your helmet!
- 6:00-8:00 pm: Film Screening: "Climate Refugees," in Sage 4234
Climate Refugees (http://www.climaterefugees.com/) is "a documentary about the human face of climate change...”Climate Refugees” will forever change the way you view the future of our planet." Sponsored by the Anthropology Club.
Wednesday, April 23
- *CANCELLED* 10:20 am: Prairie Planting *CANCELLED*
- 4:30 pm: Direct Action and Social Change, Sage 3235
Come join us for a workshop and discussion on what direct action is and how it has been used throughout history, as well as how we can use direct action to further our own campaigns for social justice.
- 7:00 pm: Paul Bogard, "The End of Night", Reeve Union Theater 307
A starry night is one of nature's most magical wonders. Yet in our artificially lit world, three-quarters of Americans' eyes never switch to night vision and most of us no longer experience true darkness. In this presentation and reading from his acclaimed 2013 book, Paul Bogard blends personal narrative, natural history, science, and history to shed light on the importance of darkness--what we've lost, what we still have, and what we might regain--and the simple ways we can reduce the brightness of our nights tonight. Light refreshments will be served.
Thursday, April 24
- 4:30 pm: The African American Studies Program Spring Lecture: John Gardner, "Trees and Diversity: The Struggle to Belong", Reeve 306
- 5:00 pm: Wildlife Conservation Climb presents Kingdom Animalia Exotic Animal Rescue. Sage 1216
Educational ambassadors from Kingdom Animalia Exotic Animal Rescue will be give a presentation on animal care and rescue. Live animals they have rescued will be present including: an African spurred tortoise, an eclectus parrot, a ball python and many more!
- 7:00 pm: Creating a Stronger Community Contest Final at Becket's Restaurant
Come enjoy FREE FOOD and music by The Guilty Wanted, and vote on who will win the Creating a Stronger Community Contest! Becket's is located at 2 Jackson St. in Oshkosh.
Friday, April 25
- 9:00 am: Tree Planting, Location Student Rec and Wellness Center (riverside)
Join the UWO Grounds crew to plant trees on campus!
- 12:30 pm: River Cleanup; meet by the ERIC lab near the Fox River.
Help clean up garbage along the river to keep our campus looking its best!
Saturday, April 26
- 11:00 am- 2:00 pm: Growing Oshkosh Open House
Join us at Growing Oshkosh's urban farm headquarters (36 Broad St) for our very first Open House! Enjoy food, beverage and music while touring the farm and taking part in demonstrations. The event is free and open to the public, but donations are appreciated!
Items accepted and not accepted at E-Cycling Event on April 21:
Blackhawk Parking Lot #15 – 7:45am - 3:00pm Monday April 21st, 2014
- CRTs, (Keep separate from other items-Xerox program)
- FAX machines
- FAX machines
- Cell phones (working w/batteries) - donated to police station
- Cell & corded phones (phone batteries separated in ziploc bag)
- Appliances (A/C, stoves, refrigerators)
- Light Bulbs