In celebration of Earth Day 2015, The New School’s Tishman Environment and Design Center (TEDC | http://www.newschool.edu/tedc) hosts Earth Matters: Designing our Future, a daylong event featuring workshops, pop up classes, and discussions on climate action and sustainability spanning the disciplines. The event highlights TEDC’s bold integration of design, policy, and social justice approaches to environmental issues.
Food for Thought: Sustainable Food Systems
Join us for four short presentations about sustainable food systems. A tasty, sustainably-source meal will be served to attendees.
– Food and Sustainable Tourism, led by Fabio Parasecoli, Associate Professor and Director of Food Studies Initiatives, Food Studies Program, The New School for Public Engagement;
– The Carbon Foodprint: How The New School is Reducing its Impact, led by Ed Verdi, New School Senior Director of Business Operations;
– The Urban Food Planning Revolution, led by Rositsa T. Ilieva, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow; and
– Sustainable Cities Club Reports Back From the Just Food? Conference, led by Anna Marandi, SCC Communications Director and Maeve McInnis, Former SCC President.
Can we be entirely real for a moment? The whole idea of celebrating Earth Day is a bit of a cringer. Why is that? Is it because everyone will assume that the offerings at any Earth Day party — invariably well-meaning, to a fault — will include homemade kombucha, three different kinds of hummus, and some kind of earnest salad with beets in it? Very possibly!
To make the cocktails watch the video at Grist.org.
But Earth Day wasn’t always like this. Earth Day 2015 will likely be as fruitful as a gay stud horse, but the first Earth Day in 1970 gave birth to the modern environmental movement. Twenty million people, or one in 10 Americans, took to classrooms, auditoriums, and city streets to show their support for cleaning up the planet. The momentum from those early events led to the creation of the EPA and the passage of landmark laws like the Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act. According to The New Yorker, the inaugural Earth Day “generated more than 12,000 events across the country, many of them in high schools and colleges, with more than 35,000 speakers. Today devoted ten hours of airtime to it. Congress took the day off, and two-thirds of its members spoke at Earth Day events.” Can you imagine that? The only event two-thirds of Congress would show up for these days is an open bar with a side of campaign contributions.
Read the rest of the essay on Grist.