Forget about Earth Day. This year, NYU’s Earth Week Student Committee couldn’t even fit all of the events into seven days. The schedule was so jam packed, they had to spread it out over two full weeks, weekends included. The first half of that fortnight has just concluded, and the “real” Earth Week (the week leading up to Earth Day) begins today with movie screenings, book signings, sustainable dinners, street fairs and clothing swaps.
A little history about Earth Day: 41 years ago, the hippies of yore, specifically Senator Gaylord Nelson, in the tradition of 1960′s anti-establishment peaceful protest, decided to demonstrate their distaste for government inaction on crucial environmental issues by organizing a nationwide environmental teach-in. Right on, brotha!
And thus, April 22nd, 1970 marked the first Earth Day, and in New York City, Mayor John Lindsay shut down 5th Avenue for a party in the streets. Plenty of 1970′s NYU students undoubtedly took to those streets and paraded around in the hopes that, 31 years later, their little millennial brothers and sisters would have epic street fairs, free-range meats in their dining halls, farmers, environmental justice advocates, and Vandana Shiva gracing NYU’s campus.
Well, their dreams came true, and this year NYU is putting on it’s biggest Earth Week ever. Presumably, you’ve already
missed attended a beach clean-up, a farm trip, a sustainably themed brunch in Palladium, two movie screenings, an eco-friendly make up workshop, and some badass talks. But don’t worry, you still have 7 days of glory ahead of you. That includes:
- Tonight: A movie screening hosted by the Surf Club
- Wednesday: A rally in Washington Square Park against Hydrofracking featuring Reverend Billy and the Earthaluja Choir on Wednesday
- Thursday: A celebration of the end of freezing weather with the Frost Free Food Fest at Hayden
- Friday: A street fair in front of Silver, and a free banquet (read: free food) in Kimmel
- Saturday: A swap meet (that means free clothes!), and gardening
- Sunday: a lunch and talk with one of the most badass women in the world, Vandana Shiva
Check out the Earth Week Calendar on the NYU Sustainability Website for details about dates and times.
And don’t forget that all decent events have free food, and at this point in our lives, that is always a perfectly legitimate reason for attending an event while getting exposed to some incredible people and information.