Did you miss it? Here are the Virtual Earth Day 50 videos

If you missed out on the fun of Earth Day and couldn’t join the live videos and discussions, you still have the opportunity to watch the programming! Below are the links to videos streamed on Earth Day 50.

Historical Perspectives on Earth Day Panel Discussion. Learn about what it was like at “Eco U” during the first Earth Day, how Earth Day fits into the environmental movement and progress and what the next 50 years of Earth Day will bring.

Virtual Nature Walk with Prof. Georjeanna Wilson-Doenges (Psychology)

“Earth Talks” with ​Profs. Michael Draney and David Voelker, Associate Director of the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity at the University of Green Bay Vicki Medland and Senior Legal Analyst for the River Alliance of Wisconsin Bill Davis

Other Earth Day Videos from Faculty and Guest Speakers:

Earth Week and Virtual Earth Day 50 at UW-Green Bay

A cross-University committee has compiled online Earth Week Events and educational resources as well as an online/virtual event on April 22, 2020, Earth Day 50 at UW-Green Bay. The day includes presentations and discussions from the University community, including live videos and panels to celebrate the 50th Earth Day, together, virtually for the Eco U community.

See all virtual opportunities.

Earth Day Events

Here is the current line up for Earth Day 50 at UW-Green Bay, Wednesday, April 22, 2020:

10:30 a.m. – Historical Perspectives on Earth Day, Panel Discussion with Faculty Emeriti

UW-Green Bay Prof. Emeritus H.J. “Bud” Harris (Biology and Environmental Science) 2020 Wisconsin Academy Fellow, Prof. Emeritus Robert Wenger (Mathematics and Environmental Science) and long-time collaborator with the School of the Environment at Beijing Normal University, Prof. Emeritus  Michael Kraft, (Political Science and Public and Environmental Affairs)  and U.S. environmental policy expert, Prof. Emeritus John Stoll (Economics and Public and Environmental Affairs) was as UW-Green Bay student at the time of the first Earth day and the co-founder of  Environmental Business & Management Institute (EMBI) and Prof. Kevin Fermanich (Environmental Science and Water Science) and soil and water resources extension specialist, serving as moderator.
Join the discussion via Blackboard Collaborate

Noon – A Virtual Nature Walk

Join Prof. Georjeanna Wilson-Doenges live on Facebook

1 p.m. – ‘Earth Talks’

  • Michael Draney, “My life with Earth Day”
    I was 2 ½ years old during the first Earth Day in 1970 so Earth Day and I have gone through life together. I want to reflect on how it’s doing as we enter our fifth decade together.
  • Vicki Medland, “Is nature slipping away?
    Earth Day was in part a response to an environment that the organizers no longer recognized. Today, we are shocked by what seems to be a sudden and massive loss of biodiversity and natural landscapes. Why do we not notice these massive changes to our environment?  
  • David Voelker, “Earth Day 2020 in Perspective”
    How can we understand the 50th Earth Day and the environmental movement that it helped launch in historical perspective, and in light of the Covid-19 pandemic?
  • Bill Davis, “A New Water Agenda for Wisconsin.”
    What would a system look like that could achieve our human health and ecology goal regarding water?
  • Kevin Fermanich, Moderator

‘Earth Talks’ Speaker Biographies:

  • Michael Draney is professor of Biology and chair of the Department of Natural & Applied Sciences at the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay.
  • Vicki Medland is the Associate Director of the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and teaches courses related to environmental science and sustainability.
  • David Voelker is a Professor of Humanities & History at UW–Green Bay. He teaches courses in environmental history and humanities, and he is the program coordinator for the 2020 Common CAHSS conference, which will focus on the theme “Beyond Sustainability.”
  • Bill Davis is currently the senior legal analyst for the River Alliance of Wisconsin. He has worked in the environmental movement since 1987. He has an undergraduate degree in Wildlife Ecology and a law degree both from the University of Wisconsin. He has served as the executive director of three environmental advocacy organizations: Wisconsin’s Environmental Decade (now Clean Wisconsin), Citizens for a Better Environment, and the State Environmental leadership program.

Join the discussion on Blackboard Collaborate.

2 p.m. Sustainability in Action – What are you doing?

Guest speakers include Kevin Fermanich, Vicki Medland, John Arendt and Ericka Bloch
Join “Sustainability in Action” via Blackboard Collaborator

Speakers/performers for virtual Earth Day 50 event wanted

Events in celebration of the 50th Earth Day here at Eco U have been moved virtual. The Earth Day 50 at UW-Green Bay planning committee is looking for interested faculty and staff to record brief (10-15 minute) videos for this virtual event speaking to some aspect of Earth Day from their own academic perspective. Videos will live on the virtual event’s website, along with other opportunities to engage and celebrate the 50th Earth Day. If you are interested in creating a brief video that touches on sustainability, Earth Day, the environment, etc., including readings, music, cultural stories, science, policy, reflections, experiences, calls to action, etc. or speaking/performing virtually and live on Wednesday, April 22, please reach out to John Arendt, Director of EMBI (Environmental Management & Business Institute), arendtjo@uwgb.edu.

Earth Day event at The Phoenix Bookstore on Saturday, April 27

An Earth Day event will be held at The Phoenix Bookstore, located in UW-Green Bay’s University Union, on Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will include arts and crafts, a drawing contest, coloring contest and more. Alumni, faculty, staff and others are encouraged to bring their children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews to celebrate Earth day with The Phoenix Bookstore and the Lorax.

Students plan Earth Week at UW-Green Bay

Student organizations at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay have taken the lead in scheduling a full lineup of Earth Week events Monday through Saturday, April 20-25. Wednesday is the 45th anniversary of the first Earth Day, which took place on April 22, 1970.

Events, times, places and sponsors for the 2015 observances are as follows:

Monday, April 20

•  Showing of documentary ‘Making Stuff Wilder’ about modeling future technology after nature’s designs, 8 p.m., Christie Theatre of the University Union, presented by student Chemistry Club

Tuesday, April 21

•  Cleanup Walk I — The first of two similar walks this week, this one runs from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. with participants fanning out from the Cofrin Library, outdoors near the “Sifting and Winnowing” replica plaque. Organized by the American Environmental History course.

•  Earth Week Forum, from 3 to 7 p.m. in the Union’s Phoenix Room C, with booths and displays by campus and community organizations starting at 3; remarks by NEW Water resource specialist Erin Wilcox at 4; a locally sourced meal courtesy of Trust Local Foods at 5; and remarks by business leader and environmental advocate Robert Atwell, president and CEO of Nicolet Bank, Green Bay, at 6 p.m. The forum is sponsored by the Student Government Association’s environmental committee.

Wednesday, April 22, Earth Day

•  Earth Week Picnic, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the University Union plaza atop the Student Services Building — with a no-cost lunch for UWGB students ($5 for community members), live musical performances by the UW-Green Bay Hand Drumming Ensemble and the Milwaukee indie-folk-country band Ladders, and activities and giveaways related to water and native plant species. (Rain location is inside the Union.) Sponsored by the student Public and Environmental Affairs Council, the Dietetics Club and the SLO Food Alliance.

•  Lecture on Native Plants, at 6 p.m. in Room 219 of Mary Ann Cofrin Hall, with speaker Justin Kroening from Stone Silo Prairie Gardens talking about the benefits of native plants and value for wildlife, organized by Round River Alliance.

Thursday, April 23

• Planting at the University Garden, beginning at 5:30 p.m., in the planters at the University Union plaza atop the Student Services Building. Volunteers welcome. Hosted by the SLO Food Alliance.

Friday, April 24

•  A second day of planting at the University Garden, beginning at 5:30 p.m., in the planters at the University Union plaza atop the Student Services Building. Volunteers welcome. Hosted by the SLO Food Alliance.

Saturday, April 25

Annual Arboretum Cleanup, from 9 a.m. to noon — Participants are asked to meet at the corner of Champeau and Sussex roads and to bring rainboots and gloves. Organized by the Round River Alliance.

Questions about any of the events can be directed to student Anna Gribova, an officer of the PEAC organization, at sopeac@uwgb.edu.

Voelker’s ‘Environmental History’ class plans cleanup walk for Earth Week

The students of the American Environmental History course taught by Associate Prof. David Voelker invite the campus community to participate in a cleanup walk to commemorate Earth Day. Although Earth Day is on April 22, the walk will take place on Tuesday, April 21, from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. (rain or shine). Participants should meet outside of the Cofrin Library on the side nearest the Environmental Sciences (ES) building, near the plaque that celebrates the Wisconsin Idea. Participants will be provided with small garbage bags and will be asked to return at 10:30. Participants will be encouraged to walk across campus to enjoy the arboretum trails. The walker who picks up the most trash will receive, as a green badge of honor, a UW-Green Bay T-shirt donated by the Phoenix Bookstore. Participants who are unable to walk on the arboretum trails are welcome to use scooters or wheelchairs on paved or gravel walkways (as appropriate) and will be paired with a partner to pick up trash. If you have any questions, please contact David Voelker.

Earth Day? ‘It’s sort of like Christmas’

Monday (April 22) was Earth Day, and recognition and celebrations of the day — and week — have begun here on campus and elsewhere. On Sunday, UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. John Katers and Prof. Emeritus Michael Kraft helped offer some context for the celebration, sitting down for an interview with “CW 14 Focus” host (and former University Communication staffer) Robert Hornacek. “Having an Earth Week or an Earth Day is important in part to remind people. It’s sort of like Christmas,” Kraft said. “I’d kind of like it to be an ongoing activity because the problems don’t occur on one day a year. The problems are ongoing.” Check out the half-hour program online.

Tune in: Katers, Kraft to talk Earth Day with “CW-14 Focus”

It’s almost Earth Day, and two well-known UW-Green Bay faculty members (one an emeritus) will help explain the celebration’s history and significance during Sunday’s (April 21) “CW 14 Focus” program. Associate Prof. John Katers, NAS, will join Prof. Emeritus Michael Kraft, PEA, for the show, which is hosted by former University Communication staffer Robert Hornacek. The pair taped the program Thursday to air at 10:30 a.m. Sunday (April 21). So tune in, set those DVRs or catch it after the fact online: click here.

Celebrate Earth Day with A’viands, earn a free cookie

Earth Day is Sunday (April 22).  To celebrate, A’viands has put together some specials and activities focused on ways to keep the Earth healthy. On Friday (April 20) the “Cans for Cookies”  promotion means this: Donate a non-perishable food item and receive an Earth-Themed Cookie.  Please bring all donations to The Marketplace inside the Leona Cloud Commons from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  All donations will be delivered to Paul’s Pantry here in Green Bay.