Environmental Justice Week
Symposium: Mon Feb. 25 - Thu Feb 28; see Schedule
Free the Planet, the environmental student group, has organized a series of activities for the week of Feb. 25 to increase awareness about global environmental justice issues.
Schedule of Events
Monday, Feb. 25
- Lecture: Coal Plant
- Mark Kresowik will discuss plans for a coal-fired power plant in Marshalltown, Ia., and its impact on low/fixed income community and people of color. Kresowik is an organizer with Sierra Club's Midwest Clean Energy Campaign in Iowa and has worked extensively on state and federal global warming issues.
- noon, Rosenfield Center 101
- Presentation: A Comparative Study of Ecuador, India, South Africa, and Los Angeles
- Heather Parker '08 will present her independent research project on environmental racism, "A Comparative Study of Ecuador, India, South Africa, and Los Angeles."
- 5:15 p.m., ARH 102
Tuesday, Feb. 26
- Panel Discussion: ReNew New Orleans
- A panel of international students and students involved in ReNew New Orleans will discuss their experiences with environmental justice.V
- 7 p.m., Rosenfield Center 101
- Presentation: Monty Roper, Marching for Territory and Dignity
- Grinnell faculty member Monty Roper, anthropology, will discuss his experiences with environmental justice in his research travels, "Marching for Territory and Dignity: Indigenous Struggles for land and Resources in the Developing World."
- 8 p.m., Rosenfield Center 101
Wednesday, Feb. 27
- Letter-Writing Campaign and Dinner (please RSVP)
- Free locally grown food will be served for dinner during a letter-writing campaign opposing the coal plant in Marshalltown. Attendees should email Free the Planet if they plan to attend.
- 6:30 p.m., Quad Dining Hall
- Presentation: David Campbell, Salvation of May Language and Culture by Means of Biophilia
- Grinnell faculty member David Campbell, biology, will discuss his experiences with environmental justice in his research travels, "Salvation of May Language and Culture by Means of Biophilia."
- 8 p.m., ARH 302
Thursday, Feb. 28
- Thursday Forum: Anna Marie Carter, Environmental Justic and Organic Local Foods
- Anna Marie Carter, an urban master gardener working in south central Los Angeles, will be the featured speaker at the Thursday Forum, "Environmental Justic and Organic Local Foods." Through her work with the Watts Garden Club, Carter teaches those struggling with economic and social problems to grow food organically.
- 11 a.m., Rosenfield Center 101
- Workshop: Anna Marie Carter, How to Garden and Cook Organically
- Carter will host a workshop on how to garden and cook organically.
- 7 p.m., Loose Lounge
Co-sponsors for the environmental justice activities include the Center for Prairie Studies, Environmental Studies, Peace Studies, the Rosenfield Program in Public Affairs, the Student Government Association, Student Affairs, the Center for Religion, Spirituality, and Social Justice, and the Internationalization Group.