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Earth Charter Community Summit

Values and Principles for a Sustainable World

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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 2013

Calendar of Events

Monday, Sept 30

Chasing Ice

Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Within months of that first trip to Iceland, the photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, James Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.

As the debate polarizes America and the intensity of natural disasters ramps up globally, Balog finds himself at the end of his tether. Battling untested technology in subzero conditions, he comes face to face with his own mortality. It takes years for Balog to see the fruits of his labor. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Chasing Ice depicts a photographer trying to deliver evidence and hope to our carbon-powered planet. - Trailer:

  • When: 12:40–2:30 p.m.
  • Where: Sage Hall 1232


Earth Charter Banquet  and Keynote Address by Dr. Brian Czech, Director of the Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy (CASSE)

Dr. Czech has been a leader in advancing the steady state economy since the 1990s, when he described the fundamental conflict between economic growth and environmental protection as part of his Ph.D. research. Brian’s first book, Shoveling Fuel for a Runaway Train, was a manifesto calling for a “steady state revolution” and an end to conspicuous consumption in the United States. The follow-up, Supply Shock, was 13 years in the making. Supply Shock: Economic Growth at the Crossroads and the Steady State Solution is a comprehensive treatment of the transition from unsustainable growth to the sustainable steady state. In Supply Shock, Czech combines history, politics, ecology, economics, and cultural sociology in building toward a social movement and policy program for a steady state economy in the United States and other wealthy countries. Thorny topics include the corruption of economics, the future of technological progress, and “steady statesmanship” in international diplomacy. Supply Shock is the classic hybrid tradebook/textbook: readily readable but heavily documented and conceptually rigorous. Publishers Weekly said, “Czech is as good at popularizing economics as Carl Sagan was science.”

Suggested Donation: $5/students, $25/faculty, staff and community members. Please pick up your tickets ahead of time at Titan Central, or contact Brad Spanbauer about purchasing a table for your unit, department, or group.

  • When: 5:30–9:00 p.m. (doors open at 5:30)
    • Dinner (for a donation) from 6–7:00 p.m.
    • Public lecture from 7-9:00 p.m.  (Guests wishing to attend only the keynote address may do so. Additional seating will be available. Please arrive by 7 p.m.)
  • Reeve Ballrooms 2B/C

Co-sponsored by University Speaker Series and Volunteerism

Tuesday, Oct 1

Presentation by Dr. Adrian Treves: “Public Attitudes Toward Wolves and Wolf Policy in Wisconsin"

Join the UW Oshkosh Wildlife Club for Dr. Treves’ presentation about his work with wolves and wolf policy in Wisconsin. He has worked with bears and wolves in the U.S., Andean bears in Ecuador, and big cats in Uganda and Chile. Dr. Treves founded the Carnivore Coexistence Lab to understand and manage the balance between carnivore conservation and human needs.

  • When: 3:00–4:30 p.m.
  • Where: Sage Hall 3235


Speakers: Dani Stolley and Dr. John Ikerd present “Food, Agriculture and Sustainability”

Calling all foodies! This talk is geared towards anyone interested in food sustainability. Dani Stolley of Growing Oshkosh will present on her involvement in the environmental movement and how it developed her passion for food sustainability in Oshkosh. Dr. John Ikerd of the University of Missouri is an agricultural economist with a great view to share about the current situation of America’s food system and what students can do to make it more sustainable. Light refreshments will be served.

  • When: 4:30–6:30 p.m.
  • Sage Hall 3232
Wednesday, Oct 2

Speaker: Dr. John Sheffy "A Place Called Home: Nyumbani Village, Kenya"

A presentation about creating better lives for people deeply affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic and rural economic hardships.

John, a permaculture farmer, agroforestry consultant and coffee roaster based in Almond, WI, and with a Ph.D. from UW Madison, has more than ten years of experience working on rural community development projects around the world. He has worked at Nyumbani Village, Kenya for eight years and currently oversees the “Trees 4 Children” project.

  • When: 3:30–5:30 p.m.
  • Where: Sage Hall 3239


Fair Trade Event

UW Oshkosh, the first Fair Trade University in the nation, is proud to host another Fair Trade Event during our Earth Charter Community Summit. Come learn more about fair trade.

Light refreshments will be served.

  • When: 6–9 p.m.
  • Where: Sage Hall 1210
Thursday, Oct. 3

Bike Expo

Join us for the Bike Expo outside Reeve Union. There will be bike shops set up to tune up your bike as well as merchandise for sale. Bike advocacy groups will be present to educate students about the rules of the road and the importance of biking. In addition, biking knowledge gained at the event could win you an awesome prize.

  • When: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
  • Where: Reeve Concourse/Outside
Friday, Oct. 4

Community Garden Party

Join us as we clean up the community gardens for the year. An at-home compost tea demonstration will be given by a garden member for you to learn how to make small batches of compost tea for your plants.

  • When: 5–8 p.m.
  • Where: UW Oshkosh Community Gardens, Third Street off of Wisconsin Avenue, west of the Fox River

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."



by Reineck, Allison A last modified Oct 10, 2013 02:13 PM

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