by Betsy Evans, Director of Access, Instruction, and Outreach

This year on Wednesday, April 22, 2020, the world will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day in a new way: almost entirely online. While we’re able to celebrate individually and in our small, sheltered communities — whether in Alpine or elsewhere — in many ways, we can also join the larger virtual community celebrations.

courtesy Sul Ross on Flickr: FFA Green Hand Day

We’ve put together a list of some options here, below. Also, the Wildenthal Library has posted a virtual book display featuring relevant eBook titles, magazines, and databases. There are so many more ways to celebrate! Tag us #srsusustainability when you share how you’re celebrating.

Earth Day online: https://www.earthday.org/

Events from TRACS (Texas Regional Alliance for Campus Sustainability) running through the end of April: https://texascampussustainability.com/2020/04/02/tracs-earth-month/

Tuesday, April 21, 6:30 PM CST: a webinar from Homewood Recycling & Princeton’s MEND about fast fashion: *RSVP required at the link* https://www.eventbrite.com/e/say-whaaaaaaat-is-fast-fashion-tickets-102686313528

Wednesday, April 22, 11 AM CST: the Winter/Spring 2020 CFR (Council on Foreign Relations) Academic Conference Call series on the fiftieth anniversary of Earth Day, featuring Alice C. Hill, senior fellow for climate change policy at CFR, discussing how communities can reduce, absorb, and recover from climate change impacts and recommend policies to build greater climate resilience. *participation information will be updated soon!* Recommended reading for this call includes:

1) Alice C. Hill, “What the Coronavirus Pandemic Teaches Us About Fighting Climate Change,” In Brief, Council on Foreign Relations, April 10, 2020.

2) William Kakenmaster and Alice C. Hill, “The Coming Storm: Crisis, Climate Change, and the Right to Vote,” E-IR.info, March 30, 2020.

3) Alice C. Hill and Leonardo Martinez-Diaz, “Adapt or Perish: Preparing for the Inescapable Effects of Climate Change,” Foreign Affairs, January/February 2020.

4) Stewart M. Patrick, “It Is Time for a Global Pact for the Environment,” The Internationalist, Blog, Council on Foreign Relations, April 22, 2019.

5) Fred Krupp, Nathaniel Keohane, and Eric Pooley, “Less Than Zero: Can Carbon-Removal Technologies Curb Climate Change?,” Foreign Affairs, March/April 2019.