Earth Day is this Friday, April 22nd, which means that the seven days leading up to it are Earth Week. There are lots of events happening around the Claremont community to help you celebrate—check out some of them below.
Documentary Screening: What’s Outside Your Front Door?
Brought to you by: EcoCenter at Pitzer College, Pitzer College ResLife, The Robert Redford Conservancy at Pitzer College
When: Monday, April 18, 7:00 pm
Where: Benson Auditorium, Pitzer College
What: What’s Outside Your Front Door? is an environmental justice documentary made by four students of the Claremont Colleges for an Environmental Justice capstone project. The film compares and contrasts the city of Claremont with our neighbor, San Bernardino, to discuss the differences in environmental risks that the citizens of each town face on a daily basis. The film shows the differential exposure to health hazards in low-income communities of color compared to a wealthier city like Claremont. The documentary screening will be followed by Q&A with the four student creators and members of the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice (CCAEJ).
Brought to you by: EcoCenter at Pitzer College
When: Thursday, April 21, 7:00 pm
Where: Benson Auditorium, Pitzer College
What: EcoCenter, Pitzer’s largest environmental/sustainability-focused club, has been hosting a film series for the spring semester to showcase different narrative and documentary films that discuss environmental themes. Dimming the Sun is a NOVA documentary about the phenomenon of “global dimming,” or the idea that the amount of solar energy reaching the Earth’s surface has been gradually falling. The film explores the scientific explanations behind global dimming and its implications for global climate change, including disruptions in rainfall patterns, a worsening in worldwide droughts, and underestimations of the greenhouse effect.
Brought to you by: Pomona College Organic Farm and Scripps Laspa Center for Leadership
When: Friday, April 22, 3 pm – 6 pm
Where: Pomona College Organic Farm
What: Join the Pomona Farm and several other 5C organizations for tons of games, food, and activities to celebrate Earth Day. This year’s Farm Fest will feature organizations like the Scripps Environmental Club, Food Forward, The Motley, Citizens Climate Lobby at the Claremont Colleges, 5C Challah for Hunger, the Outdoor Education Center, the Pomona Sustainability Integration Office, and the Food Science Club. This is the only event happening on Earth Day itself, so come enjoy the beautiful weather on Friday afternoon.
Brought to you by: Claremont McKenna College and the National Campus Leadership Council
When: Saturday, April 23, 7:30 am – 9 pm
Where: Claremont McKenna College campus
What: Claremont McKenna College was selected to host the National Campus Leadership Council’s 2016 Climate Summit. The summit will take place all day on Saturday, and will feature a huge range of influential speakers, including: John Chiang, California State Treasurer; Nancy Sutley, LADWP Chief Sustainability and Economic Development Officer and Former Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality; Chris Mann, CEO of Guayaki Yerba Mate; John Blue, California EPA’s Manager of Climate Programs; La Ronda Bowen, Ombudsman, California Air Resources Board; Lauren Faber, Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer of Los Angeles; and Julie Cart, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. You must register to attend, but registration is free to all students of the Claremont Colleges.
Brought to you by: Pomona College and the Hive at the Claremont Colleges
When: Saturday, April 23, 1 pm – 3 pm
Where: The Hive at the Claremont Colleges
What: Pomona has pledged carbon neutrality by 2030. To brainstorm ways to get Pomona and the rest of the 5Cs down that path, the Hive (a new center for collaborative and creative learning) will be hosting facilitators from a startup called Carrot to try to design incentive-based models to carbon neutrality. In this workshop, you will learn about current barriers, trade-offs, and market failures standing in the way of colleges reaching their carbon goals. You will team up with peers to design your own competitions that incentivize the outcomes you want, and compete with other teams to devise innovative solutions to our carbon problem.
Brought to you by: The City of Claremont and Sustainable Claremont
When: Saturday, April 23, 10 am – 3 pm
Where: 2nd Street in the Claremont Village
What: Every year, Claremont puts on a huge Earth Day celebration in the Village, complete with food trucks, clothes, green products, dancing, singing, and other activities. This year is the eighth annual celebration, and representatives from Energy Upgrade California will be announcing Claremont as the winner of this year’s CoolCalifornia City Challenge—along with a huge cash prize! There will also be bicycle valet service to encourage attendees to leave their cars at home.