Salem State began celebrating Earth Days in 2000. The April event has grown to encompass a judged research poster competition, an art exhibition and competition, and a series of lectures, panels, films and activities. These events bring renowned researchers, activists and officials to campus to engage students, faculty, staff, alumni and the larger community. View summaries of the 2023 and 2022 celebrations.
Inspiring Action through Storytelling: Having Better Conversations about Climate Change 4:30-5:30 pm via Zoom (link to be provided).
Led by recent SSU graduate Joey Wolongevicz '21. We all struggle with difficult topics like climate change, especially when trying to change someone's behavior or perspective. This workshop will equip attendees with a basic understanding of how to use simple storytelling tactics to have more productive and meaningful climate conversations with friends, family, and even strangers. Co-sponsored with Advocacy Month.
Monday, April 8
Research Poster Competition Judging 10:30 am-noon, Veterans Hall
Wednesday, April 10
Climate, Justice, and the Economy: Imagining an Equitable and Sustainable Future; A Public Conversation with Avi Chomsky and Marjorie Kelly 7-8 pm, Marsh Hall Petrowski Room, Co-sponsored by Salem Alliance for the Environment (SAFE)
Thursday, April 11
Addressing Climate and Environmental Crises through Art and Activism with Katie Pustizzi and Lonnie Stanton 9:25-10:40 am, Viking Hall Room 123. This will include Katie's newest (and award-winning) dance film "Liquid Spine: Augusta". Through dance and movement, "Liquid Spine, Augusta" highlights the environmental and health challenges of the region known as "The Black Triangle" in Sicily due to seaside industry.
Earth Days Awards Ceremony 5-6:30 pm, Viking 123 Friend of the Earth awardees will be honored and will give brief remarks. Student research poster contest and creative writing contest winners will receive awards and winners of the writing contest will read their winning entries. Details forthcoming.
Friday, April 12
Sustainable Landscape Panel 9:25-10:40 am, Martin Luther King, Jr. room. SSU Professors Nick Geron and Lisa Delissio will discuss their work with the Greening the Gateway City Program and the Salem Arboretum, respectively, moderated by the Sustainability Council Interns.
Film: Inundation District (79 minutes) with a Q and A with Director David Abel. 12:15-2:15 pm, Veterans Hall. Trailer: HOME Directed by Pulitzer prize-winning director David Abel, this film explores the implications of Boston’s decision to ignore the threats posed by climate change and spend billions of dollars building a new waterfront district — on landfill, at sea level, and in the bullseye of rising seas.
Earth Days Recorded Events
Climate Change and Psychological Well-being: Impacts and Resilience
Professor Susan Clayton, Psychology Department, College of Wooster, Ohio.