Luther College students will host a series of Climate Justice Campaign events on campus April 1-22 in conjunction with the international observance of Earth Day.
The goal of the campaign is to raise awareness about climate change as a social justice issue and advocate for a sustainable and just future. The local events will call attention to the meeting of world leaders in June to discuss climate issues at Rio+20, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.
Luther students will collection climate justice pledges, circulate petitions for specific climate actions, register voters for the 2012 elections, and collaborate with global concerns groups on the annual Peace Week. All Luther events will be recorded and shared with the Earth Day Network, which is counting the number of actions conducted by youth around the world as an advocacy platform at Rio+20.
"Climate change is a global issue that has social, economic, and environmental dimensions," said Kristi Holmberg, a Luther senior from North Mankato, Minn. "Any pledges, petitions, voter registrations, or attendees at events that we do during April will contribute to the Earth Day Network's '1 Billion Acts of Green' campaign and have local and global benefits."
During the Climate Justice Campaign, students will be able to participate in events such as Habitat for Humanity's Can Mountain Day, National Day of Silence and the ONE Campaign's Hunger Banquet. Students will also be able to attend events such as the films "Live Simply So Others May Simply Live" and "Pray the Devil Back to Hell," as well as the Jamnesty Advocacy Concert.
The events are open to the public.
The Luther events will culminate with Earth Day Celebration Sunday, April 22. Climate Justice student leaders are organizing a public demonstration on the college's Library Lawn. Students will assemble to form a human mosaic of a tree to represent their hopes and aspirations for a sustainable and just future.
Luther Climate Justice Campaign Schedule
April 1-5, Week One: Sustainable Living: Table outside cafeteria to collect pledges of students to commit to sustainable lifestyle choices
April 4, 7 p.m.: "Live Simply So Others May Simply Live," a film and dialogue about climate change, social justice, and sustainable living with interviewees in film, hosted by Kristi Holmberg.
April 10-14, Week Two: Political Mobilization: Collaboration with Luther College political organizations to register students to vote in the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election; collection of petitions concerning Luther's next president and a continued commitment to climate leadership
April 15-22, Week Three: Peace Week: "The Future We Want," with Global Concerns Groups and tabling throughout the week
April 15: Peace Corps Event: inviting alumni to share how climate change affects their host countries
April 16: LC Feminists: display Climate Change, Water, Women posters by drinking fountains
April 17: Habitat for Humanity Can Mountain Day
April 18: Social Work Association event
April 19: Film, "Pray the Devil Back to Hell," hosted by Interfaith Student Association
April 20: PRIDE: National Day of Silence
April 21: ONE Campaign: Hunger Banquet with sustainable and local foods
April 22: Earth Day Celebration
April 22, 1 p.m.: Human Mosaic demonstration on Library Lawn or Sports Field
April 22, 7 p.m.: Jamnesty Advocacy Concert, hosted by Amnesty