Albany

Capital Region EARTH DAY 2018

Sunday April 22 - 11AM to 4PM

We're bringing together people from the Capital Region and sharing knowledge and ideas about environmental issues and action. How do New Yorkers affect the environment, and how does climate change affect us here in NY? Can we create a community dedicated to preserving our environment?

Location: B90 UAlbany Campus Center, 1400 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12222 

Directions & Parking Information

This event focuses on the importance of buying locally, repurposing and up-cycling, food waste & composting, understanding your carbon footprint, and advocating for changes to local regulations inhibiting sustainable energy. There will be activities and talks geared towards children as well, so bring everyone!

Meet people who are interested in: 
-Creating a healthy local food culture
-How solar panels can be part of your life
-Challenges renewable energy companies are facing and how you can help them
-Empowerment of local citizens - successful petitions including the local resistance to the proposed Constitution pipeline
-How to approach your local government
-How money $$$ influences climate change decisions
-Values from other cultures - the importance of thinking long-term and acting with awareness
-Upcycled Fashion
-Local Initiatives for children
-Reducing Plastic Microbeads: Where they exist, how they impact the environment and alternative products without them
-Incorporating activism in your art
-Growing your own food & having your own chicken coop


Program

11AM - Acoustic Open Mic, Open House & Yoga

- Acoustic Open Mic signup begins at 10:30 - 10 minutes or 3 songs

- Reserve your spot for yoga here

- Visit Capital Car Share, GoGreen UAlbany and other community tables

- Collect raffle tickets at the activity tables


12PM - Hear from your community members

- Jodi from CapSci will give a talk on climate change for children / teens 

- Ralf will introduce the Youth Climate Activism Group

- Zack from Alliance for Clean Energy NY

- Mark Lowery from the DEC Office of Climate Change will talk about New York State's Climate Smart Communities initiative

- Becky from Stop NY Pipeline will discuss solar energy options

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2:15 - Special performance and presentation by Rhys Tivey

- Check out this interview with Rhys

- Learn more about incorporating activism into art

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3 PM - Raffle & Concert 

- Collect raffle tickets throughout the day by participating in various Earth Day Activities

- Celebrate with Sly Fox and the Hustlers

 

Anthropocene Now! Ecology, Ethics, Politics

The new era, defined as a period during which human activity is seen as a dominant influence on clima te and on the planet, requires a deployment of new technologies and a revision of scientific priorities. We gather on the weekend of International Earth Day to comment on the ways in which the humanities can offer possible models for intervening in, rather than merely reacting to, current ecological and political crises.

The Roundtable Panel Live: Climate Change Discussion

WAMC Northeast Public Radio and The New York State Writers Institute present a very special Roundtable Panel Live, hosted by WAMC's Joe Donahue with Dr. Alan Chartock, on Climate Science issues featuring the following experts:

  • Judith Enck – former regional administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency under President Barack Obama and regular Roundtable Panelist
  • Jeff Goodell - a contributing editor for Rolling Stone and a frequent contributor to the New York Times Magazine. His latest book is: The Water Will Come.
  • Elizabeth Kolbert - She is best known for her Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, and as an observer on environmentalism for The New Yorkermagazine.
  • Terry Tempest Williams - award-winning author of fifteen books, including her latest: The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America's National Parks.

There will be a book signing at 11:00 a.m. Books will be sold on location by Battenkill Books.

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