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Earth Charter Community Summit 2023: Committing to Sustainability and Social Justice 


The Earth Charter is an international declaration that provides shared values for building a just, sustainable, and peaceful global society. It is based in four guiding principles: Respect and Care for the Community of Life, Ecological Integrity, Social and Economic Justice, and Democracy, Nonviolence, and Peace. UW Oshkosh became a signatory of the Earth Charter in 2001, and each year we celebrate our commitment to its values with series of events. 


At SIRT we think it is especially important to reassert our commitment to the Earth Charter at this time. We face significant challenges as a university community, as a nation, and as individuals, and we are reminded daily of the links between environmental issues, social and economic injustice, and health and well-being. The Earth Charter Community Summit can remind us of what we stand for, the common values we hold as UW Oshkosh community members, and why we keep working together to make this world a better place in the face of such challenges. We hope you will enjoy the menu of events we have put together in that spirit.         


    Watch UW-Oshkosh’s Earth Charter Preamble:


InterTribal Student Council Land Acknowledgement:


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Evenings in the Prairie

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

UWO FDL campus, Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum.

Please join us for the final event of the Evenings in the Prairie series on the Fond du Lac Campus with a guided tour by Lisa Mick.  


Monday, Sept 18

“Solving the Great Food Puzzle: The role of what we eat for people and planet, global food sustainability”  

5:30 pm

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Dr. Brent Loken, Global Lead Food Scientist for the World Wildlife Fund, will speak to how we can use  food as a lever for improving human health and environmental sustainability. His work focuses on connecting top down and bottom up processes by ensuring a food system approach is adopted in UN Conventions while simultaneously stimulating action at national and individual levels.  


September, 5th – 30th

“Climate of the Mountain: Memories of the Past, Crises in the Present and Portal to a Future” 

Aylward Gallery, Fox Cities Campus

This SIRT-supported, interdisciplinary exhibition explores topics of mountain ecosystems and climate change through the lens of art and science. A series of complementary events during the Aylward exhibition includes a gallery walk-and-talk with the creators—artists and scientists—, a piano concert performed by pre-college music students, a poetry reading and a discussion panel. Aylward Gallery will host an exhibit reception on Sept 30 from 5 to 7 p.m.


Tuesday, Oct 3

SIRT seminar “Biodiversity in Wisconsin: Why It Matters and Why We Should Protect It” 

4:45 pm

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Engage with a panel of UWO experts on questions about the biodiversity crisis and how it is impacting Wisconsin: 

  • Dr. Laura Ladwig, Biology, is a plant ecologist studying how and why biodiversity changes in prairies and savannas. 
  • Dr. Misty McPhee, Environmental Studies, is a behavioral ecologist focused on the reintroduction of endangered species. 
  • Dr. Rob Mitchell, Biology, is an entomologist studying chemical communication in insects.


Tuesday, Oct 10

Earth Charter Keynote: Dr. Randy Jackson – “Grassland 2.0–Restoring Prairie and People to Agriculture”

5:30 pm

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Grassland 2.0 is a movement to transform our agriculture from an extractive, wealth-generating system to a regenerative system that puts caring for people first. Our current agricultural system mainly rewards multinational corporations who maintain it with narratives about “self-sufficiency”, “feeding the world,” and “maintaining cheap food.” An agricultural system based on well-managed perennial grassland can be profitable to farmers and support vital, thriving rural communities while helping to stabilize the climate, clean our waters, reduce flooding, and supporting biodiversity. But for this new system to be truly regenerative, it must afford access to land by all people who want to farm and reward those who care for the land. When we care for the land, we are caring for ourselves and each other.

Dr. Randy Jackson is a Professor of Grassland Ecology in the Department of Agronomy at UW Madison. He earned a BS in Environmental Science at UC Riverside, an MS in Natural Resource Sciences at Humboldt State University, and a PhD in Ecosystem Science at UC Berkeley. He studies how we can improve agricultural practices to protect our drinking water, climate, and biodiversity. He is the director of the Grassland 2.0 Project and co-leads the Wisconsin Integrated Cropping Systems Trial (WICST), a 33-year-old experiment in Arlington, WI.

Recorded livestream video – watch now, click here!

Wednesday, Oct 11

“This is Earth Charter”

10:20-11:20 am

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This event will offer an interactive explanation of the Earth Charter, and why we celebrate it at UWO, led by Environmental Studies Director Jim Feldman. The intended audience for this event is students, especially USP students, but anyone is welcome to attend.

Zoom link: 

Meeting ID: 999 3434 6069 

Passcode: 072737

Wednesday Oct 11

Sustainability Fair at UWO

10 am- 1 pm

Sage Hall lobby

Come learn about sustainability efforts on and off campus. Meet reps from student orgs, academic programs, campus projects, and community groups that are working to improve human and environmental well-being in our area. Organizations will be tabling the entire time; come when you can! All students are welcome!

Rescheduled for Spring 2024!

Screening of “Rhythms of the Land,” followed by talkback with Director, Dr. Gail Myers

Co-sponsored with African American Studies, the International Film Series, and the Anthropology Club

“Rhythms of the Land” is a valentine to generations of Black farmers in the United States from the enslavement period to the present, whose intense love of the land and dedication to community enabled them to survive against overwhelming odds. These farmers have largely been written out of the dominant narratives of US agriculture. The goal of this documentary is to preserve their stories and honor their lives and agrarian legacies. This film was created by Dr. Gail Myers, cultural anthropologist and co-founder of Farms to Grow, Inc.


Sustainability Institute for Regional Transformations


UW Oshkosh
800 Algoma Blvd.
Oshkosh, WI 54901

Contact Info:

(920) 424-0440
SIRT Office: 4483 Sage Hall