Earth Week 2019: Climate Advocacy & Education

Join us all week as we celebrate environmental protection and sustainability on-campus and in our community.

South Seattle College’s Sustainability Committee and United Student Association (USA) is sponsoring a week of on-campus workshops, activities and service events from April 23-27, 2019, calling attention to this year’s theme of “Climate Advocacy & Education.”

 

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 

Advancing Economic, Racial, and Climate Justice with a Green New Deal

Olympic Hall (OLY) 120, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Contact: Hannah Finchett, hannahfitchett96@gmail.com 

  • Since November, the youth-led Sunrise Movement has brought national attention to the Green New Deal, which aims to stop the climate crisis and create millions of good jobs in the process. The policy proposal has garnered more media attention and political support than any other climate policy proposal in the U.S. so far. Over 100 members of Congress are currently co-sponsoring the Green New Deal, and Witt-Sunrise-Movement.jpgthousands of young people across the country are working to make it a reality.
  • But what is the Green New Deal? Why does the Green New Deal seek to address the climate crisis, racism, and poverty at the same time? Why has the Green New Deal garnered so much attention? And what are the theories about how ordinary people can bring about political change that the Green New Deal movement has been using–the structure-based and mass protest theories of political movements? Join us to learn more!
  • Featured speakers include:
    • Victoria Hsieh, Sunrise Movement Seattle Hub, co-coordinator. Victoria Hsieh is a junior at Bellevue High School, an artist, and fervent environmental and social activist. She has helped organize the recent climate strikes, coordinated sustainability summits, and designed workshops for other youth.
    • Harry Katz, Sunrise Movement Seattle Hub, co-coordinator. Harry Katz is a college student who is focusing on environmental studies. He is passionate about ending pollution, poverty, and racism.

 

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Its Getting Hot In Here: Direct Action to Save Our Planet

Olympic Hall (OLY) 120, 10:30-11:35 a.m. 

Contact: Linh Vo, linh.a.vo@seattlecolleges.edu thumbnail (1)

  • A discussion of the issues surrounding the Valve Turner’s historic involvement for courageously shutting down tar sands pipelines. Michael Foster, a teacher, valve turner, and tree planter, presents thoughtful, articulate and courageous stories of how acts of necessity can raise awareness and help stop climate change while there is still time. Join the discussion as we explore direct action and the radical power of the individual for our changing climate.

 

Thursday, April 25, 2019 

Waste Audit 

Clock Tower Plaza, 10-2 p.m. 

Contact: Destin Redeker, redeker.destin@vashonsd.org

  • Come watch or help us sort through South Seattle’s waste. The Sustainability Committee and friends will be sorting compost, recycling, and garbage to gather information to advance waste diversion initiatives on campus.

Earth Fest 

Clock Tower Plaza, 11:30-2 p.m. 

Contact: Linh Vo, linh.a.vo@seattlecolleges.edu 

  • A festival in celebration of Earth Day to promote sustainability on campus. The festival will also include local sustainable organizations, businesses, and fun activities. Local and sustainable food will be cooked and served to students for free.

West Duwamish Greenbelt Walk 

West Duwamish Greenbelt (meet at the SSC tennis courts), 1-1:45 p.m. 

Contact: Maxfield Shea, maxldfshea@gmail.com thumbnail (5)

  • Join us for a 45 minute-1 hour long easy going conversational walk via established, maintained trails in the West Duwamish Greenbelt. Basic history, challenges to the site, and local plants and animals will be discussed. The city’s largest remaining contiguous forest, the West Duwamish Greenbelt, covers over 500 acres and spans over four miles north to south and west to east from a steep slope in the Delridge area in West Seattle to the Duwamish Waterway. The West Duwamish Greenbelt provides a habitat for wildlife such as herons, bald eagles, hawks, owls, foxes, salamander, and frogs. All ages are welcome.

 

Friday, April 26, 2019 

Duwamish Greenbelt Work Party

Sign-up at tinyurl.com/y4pp3jd8

West Duwamish Greenbelt (meet at SSC tennis courts), 10-2 p.m. 

Contact: Tori Flores, vflores095@southseattle.edu thumbnail (3)

  • Volunteer with Nature Conservancy and PTK at a volunteer work party. Volunteers will be installing native plants and removing invasive plant species. The city’s largest remaining contiguous forest, the West Duwamish Greenbelt, covers over 500 acres and spans over four miles north to south and west to east from a steep slope in the Delridge area in West Seattle to the Duwamish Waterway. The West Duwamish Greenbelt provides a habitat for wildlife such as herons, bald eagles, hawks, owls, foxes, salamander, and frogs. Lunch is provided!

West Duwamish Greenbelt Walk 

West Duwamish Greenbelt (meet at SSC tennis courts), 1-2 p.m. 

Contact: Maxfield Shea, maxldfshea@gmail.com thumbnail (4)

  • Join us for a 45 minute-1 hour long easy going conversational walk via established, maintained trails in the West Duwamish Greenbelt. Basic history, challenges to the site, and local plants and animals will be discussed. The city’s largest remaining contiguous forest, the West Duwamish Greenbelt, covers over 500 acres and spans over four miles north to south and west to east from a steep slope in the Delridge area in West Seattle to the Duwamish Waterway. The West Duwamish Greenbelt provides a habitat for wildlife such as herons, bald eagles, hawks, owls, foxes, salamander, and frogs. All ages are welcome.

 

Saturday, April 27, 2019 

Compost Giveaway     

South Seattle College North Parking Lot, 9-2 p.m.

Contact: Sarah Skamser, Sarah.Skamser@seattlecolleges.eduthumbnail (2)

  • What’s the result of keeping your food waste out of the garbage? Rich, fertile compost! Composting transforms your food scraps into nutrient dense soil that will help grow more food. Stop by this event to get up to 1/2 cubic yard (per household) of free bulk compost for your garden on a first come, first serve basis. Remember to bring your own shovel and container to load and haul the compost. South Seattle College’s Landscape Horticulture Program will also have an information table to learn more about the program.
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