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 2013
Calendar of Events
Monday Oct. 6
Fair Trade Clothing, Sonja Parr
Reeve Union 213
4:00 - 5:30 PM
Tuesday Oct. 7
Countering Climate Change: Should UW-Oshkosh Divest from Fossil Fuels?
Sage Hall 4224
4:00 - 5:00 PM
Oshkosh Candidates Forum
Sage Hall 1210
6:30 - 7:30 PM
Mark Elliot and Gordon Hintz, State Assembly District 54
Wednesday Oct. 8
Reeve Union Concourse
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
re:TH!NK Winnebago and Winnebago Bicycle
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
Food Waste Diversion Panel
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.
Friday Oct. 10
Community Garden Party
UW-Oshkosh Community Gardens, 3rd St.
2:00 - 5:00 PM
Sponsored by the UW Oshkosh Provost Office, Campus Sustainability Office, the Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC), Environmental Studies, Sociology, the Community Gardens Club, InterTribal Student Organization (ITSO), Student Organization of Latinos (SOL), American Democracy Project (ADP), University Speaker Series and PepsiFund.
"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."