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African Elephant Conservation and a Friend of the Earth Award to MCAN

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Today's Earth Days Schedule

Additional events include a Sustainability Challenge and the Film "True Cost" about Fast Fashion.

Salem State's Earth Days celebration lasts all week from Monday, April 10-Friday, 14, 2023. The theme this year is Climate Crises: Actions for a Just and Livable World. All events are free and open to the public. Most events occur in the Ellison Campus Center Martin Luther King Jr. room on the second floor. See the SSU Campus Map

Highlights of the Earth Days Schedule for Thursday April 13 include:

Lecture on "The Challenges of Securing a Future for African Elephants: Changes and Challenges in the Masai Mara Ecosystem"

1:40-2:55 pm in ECC Veterans Hall B

Gini Cowell, a wildlife conservationist who manages Elephant Aware Masai Mara in southern Kenya will describe the role of elephants in creating a sustainable ecosystem and how the Maasai of Kenya  have traditionally followed a pastoral land use system that has been compatible with nature and wildlife.  Ms. Cowell's presentation will address what happens when modernization creates human desires for material wellbeing which clash with long held interests in protecting and sustaining nature and cultural traditions.  

Earth Days Award Ceremony

4:30-5:30 pm: Ellison Campus Center, Veterans Hall A

View Student Earth Days Contest Art Works and Writings, honor student winners and enjoy a pizza dinner. The informal portion of the evening will be followed by the award ceremony for this year’s Friend of the Earth Award.

Since 2001, Salem State’s Friend of the Award has honored recipients for their tireless and varied actions to protect the earth. Past awardees have included Naomi Oreskes, the Union of Concerned Scientists, SSU’s own Professor Marcos Luna, HEET, and Former Representative Lori Ehrlich.

 This year’s Friend of the Earth Award will be presented to Massachusetts Climate Action Network (MCAN). MCAN has distinguished itself in recent years through its laser focus on municipal-level activity to fight climate change and help bring green energy projects and policies to fruition in Massachusetts. We choose to honor MCAN for their work to accelerate local-level policy change, recognizing that local action is a vital, and the most common, path forward to making our Earth livable, verdant, and just.

 MCAN Interim Executive Director Logan Malik will accept the Friend of the Earth award on behalf of MCAN and will deliver brief remarks highlighting MCAN’s recent campaigns and successes.


Sustainability Challenge led by Professor Ryan Fisher, biology department 


12-1 pm, Charlotte Forten Room, Meier Hall 316B

Film: True Cost about the environmental and social costs of the fast fashion industry.

12:15-1:30 pm ECC Martin Luther King, Jr. room

Campus Cleanup 

3:-5 pm,  Meet in front of the Bertolon Business School, hosted by the Earth Science Association student club

When 11:59pm
Tara Gallagher

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