Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Edition 4 (10-12-09)

The Green Scene is Wesleyan's new environmental newsletter. Look to us for weekly updates on relevant news, lectures, conferences, meetings, and other interesting little environmental tidbits.
*If you have anything you would like included, please submit it to weseon@gmail.com each week by Monday afternoon*

~Sierra Club 3rd Annual Dinner
-What: Pot-luck dinner with Sierra members: great food, feathered friends, and environmental Journalist Steve Grant
-Teresa Kramer, founder of Canton Raptor Care wildlife clinic will present a program with several of her education birds. To help Raptor Care, please bring one of the following: sponges, paper towels, Dawn liquid detergent, polypro blankets, large freezer bags, or disposable non-latex gloves
-Steve Grant will discuss the political scene and the exquisite natural features of the state he has explored.
-When: Saturday, October 24th, 2009, 5-8pm
-Where: Beckham Hall, Wesleyan University
-Cost is $18 per person if you bring a dish for 4, and $40 per person if you don't bring a dish
-To register, send your check to: CT Sierra Club, 645 Farmington Ave. Hartford, CT 06105
-OR if you wish to pay at the door, email connecticut.chapter@sierraclub.org or call 860-236-4405 with your reservations

~4th Annual Community Farming Conference
-What: Provide opportunity for people involved in or hoping to start community farms to learn about important aspects of these farms and network with others involved in this movement
-When: October 31st, 2009; 8:30am-4pm
-Where: Connecticut Agriculture Experiment Station, New Haven, CT
-See http://www.ctnofa.org/CommunityFarms.html for more information

~Remaining Farmers Markets for the Year:
• October 21st
• November 4th
• November 18th (indoors)
• December 2nd (indoors)
• February 3rd (indoors)
• February 17th (indoors)
• March 3rd (indoors)
• March 24th
• April 7th
• April 21st
• May 4th

~Democracy 2.0: Exploring the Millennial Generation’s ROI Summit
-The summit will convene 150 millennials in Chicago, IL to discuss the barriers preventing our generation from achieving financial health, and collectively work to set an agenda for millennial-led economic reform in the United States.
-A new generation's financial problems need next-generation solutions. Mobilizing a diversity of voices offering fresh perspectives and thoughtful proposals for reform are essential to this effort.
-If you'd like to participate in this exciting and forward-thinking dialogue, please fill out the form here.
-Space will be limited and all invited participants will be notified via email by October 30th.
-Deadline: October 17, 2009.

~Meet Your Greens drinks at It's Only Natural
-When: October 20th, 5pm-7pm
-Where: It's Only Natural Restaurant
-What: Mingle with staff, volunteers, business owners and others working in Middlesex County to keep our communities green and growing! Our gathering will offer time to make connections, exchange news, brainstorm and relax. Enjoy drink specials on organic wines and beers before 6pm. At 5:45we'll take a few minutes for informal introductions--bring news of events or other information to share. And we'll exchange news about plans for marking October 24, International Day of Climate Action. All are welcome to Meet Your Greens -no reservations needed.
-Questions? Contact Claire Rusowicz at the Rockfall Foundation, (860)347-0340; crusowicz@rockfallfoundation.org; or Jennifer Weymouth, jaweymouth@yahoo.com. Also, join us on Facebook, ("Meet Your Greens.")

Group Meeting Times for the Week:
~ALL EON October Meeting:
-Monday, October 19th: 9pm-10pm
-Woodhead Lounge
-We will hear from all the different campaigns
-All are welcome
-There will be FOOD!
~Green Fees: TBA: Email Josh Levine (jslevine@wesleyan.edu), Julia Michaels (jmichaels@wesleyan.edu) or Julia Jonas-Day (jjonasday@wesleyan.edu) if you are interested in helping out

~Soros to Invest $1 Billion in Clean Energy, Form Advisory Group
-Billionaire George Soros, looking to address the "political problem" of climate change, said he will invest $1 billion in clean-energy technology and create an organization to advise policy makers on environmental issues.
-Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/10/11/george-soros-to-invest-1_n_316675.html

~Yes We Can (Pass Climate Change Legislation)- NY Times
-By John Kerry and Lindsey Graham

Action On Campus!
~350 group has created a facebook group!
-Join and invite your friends to spread the word around campus!

~Urge Toyota to quit the Chamber of Commerce!
-Toyota is an influential member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which is spending $100 million to lobby against clean energy, health care, and the rest of Obama's agenda.
-Call Toyota and ask them to join companies like Apple and Nike and quit the Chamber of Commerce
-Call either (212) 223-0303 or 1-800-331-4331x5
-Once you've called, report your call here

~Big River Harvest Tour
-Big River is a new documentary telling the ecological story of our nation’s industrial and chemical-dependent agriculture. It is the companion film to the award-winning documentary King Corn.
-Bill KcKibben has called the film, “A sharp and clever reminder that nothing ever really goes away, certainly not the soup of chemicals we’re pouring into our fields.”
-View the trailer here or visit their website.
-Interested in taking charge and making this screening happen here at Wes? Please see the attached application.

~Help protect Utah’s redrock canyon country
-America's Red Rock Wilderness Act (H.R. 1925/ S. 799) seeks to serve the public interest by permanently protecting more than 9 million acres of wilderness-quality land in Utah. The proposal, based on an exhaustive field inventory conducted by citizen volunteers, was first introduced in Congress by former Utah Representative Wayne Owens in 1989. Representative Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) assumed the role of House sponsor in 1993 and Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) introduced the Senate version in 1997.
-Send a message to your members of Congress today!
-In Connecticut, Senator Chris Dodd and Representative Jim Himes are the only members of the congressional delegation that are not cosponsors. Please ask for their support by clicking on the above link, or by calling their DC offices at the following numbers:
• Sen. Dodd: 202-224-2823
• Rep. Himes: 202-225-5541

Outside Opportunities:
~Do Something Awards
-Since 1996, Do Something has honored the nation’s best young world-changers. Do Something Award Winners represent the pivotal "do-ers" in their field, cause, or issue and are rewarded with a huge project grant, participation in a special award ceremony, media coverage, and continued support from Do Something.
-Four winners will receive $10,000 and one Grand Prize winner will receive $100,000 towards their organization or cause.*
-The awards ceremony will take place in spring 2010.
-How to Apply:
1. Log in to Do Something. If you don't have a Do Something log in, sign up.
2. Create a Project Posting for your existing project.
3. Check out our Judging Criteria and FAQ for help with your application.
4. Fill out an Online Application
5. Or Nominate a young world-changer you know!

~EPA Grants
-The EPA is making available 30 grants of up to $46,500 each to enhance and support quality environmental education for undergraduates. The hope is that this assistance will encourage more students to continue their education beyond the baccalaureate level and pursue careers in environmentally related fields.
-Eligibility: Students at an accredited college or university. Deadline is Dec. 10.
-Fellowships are funded in the following fields of study:
* Natural and Life Sciences
* Environmental Science and Interdisciplinary
* Engineering
* Social Sciences and Decision Making
* Physical Sciences
* Mathematics and Computer Science
-Click here for additional info or you can go to http://www.grants.gov to EPA grants and to the Dec. 10 closing date.

Job Announcements:
~Green Corps 2010-2011 Field School for Environmental Organizing
-Applications due October 18th, 2009
-Our own Miller Nuttle, class of '09 will be on campus October 22 and 23rd, holding an info session and conducting interviews
-Info Session: Oct 22nd, 6-7pm in PAC 001
-Green Corps is looking for college graduates ready to take on the biggest environmental challenges of our day
-In your year with Green Corps, you will get hands-on experience fighting to solve urgent environmental problems with groups such as Sierra Club and Greenpeace
-When you graduate from Green Corps, they'll help you find a career with one of the nation's leading environmental and social change groups
-For more information, visit http://www.greencorps.org or contact our very own Miller Nuttle, Green Corps Field Organizer, at miller@greencorps.org or (607) 592-9500.

~Job: Avaaz Climate Action Factory Coordinator- Barcelona and Copenhagen
-The mission of the Avaaz Climate Action Factory is to maximize the possibility of achieving a fair, binding, ambitious global climate treaty at Copenhagen, and to raise the expectations and demands of the global public that governments must achieve such a treaty.
-They will be looking for Ten Action Factory Fellows soon:
Action Factory work will include nimble and rapid-response high-profile media stunts, but may also include longer-term projects such as working with Avaaz’s climate volunteer base. Activities will be tightly coordinated with Avaaz’s global climate campaign priorities and Action Factory fellows will work closely with and at times be directly managed by Avaaz’s climate campaign staff.
-They are also seeking a coordinator:
Responsibilities include:
· Recruiting fellows
· General project management
· Program logistics
· Budget allocation and expense management
· Strategy development
· Representing Avaaz and the Action Factory to other organizations
· Action reporting and amplification
· Direct management of fellows
· Able to commit to full-time (40+ hrs/week) position, including some nights, early mornings, weekends, and long hours
· Able to live “on the road” in Europe for the months of November and December
· Capable of handling multiple disparate tasks simultaneously
· Experience managing staff and volunteers (experience managing group dynamics in highly diverse, multicultural situations a big plus)
· Excellent leadership skills and ability to work under pressure
· Commitment to a fair, binding, and ambitious global climate treaty at Copenhagen and to global social justice
· Prior experience at UNFCCC negotiations required, including at least one COP
· Familiarity with wide range of issues related to climate change
· Online organizing and/or NVDA experience a plus
· Existing relationships in the global climate movement, including the international youth climate movement, a big plus
Coordinator Compensation:
· Weekly contract wage commensurate with experience
· Travel costs and other professional expenses
· Free room and board at Action Factory
· Totally fun, exciting, unique, fulfilling experience doing what you love
-People of color, people from the global south, queer individuals, and others historically marginalized are encouraged to apply. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Those interested are encouraged to apply ASAP. The start date is as soon as possible, but by October 21 at the latest.
*To apply, send a resume and cover letter to taren@avaaz.org, and use the subject line “Copenhagen AcFac coordinator application.”*

Thanks for reading this week! Make sure to send in any submissions for next week's edition by Monday afternoon!

Hope to see you at the ALL EON meeting on Monday!

Picture from: http://menuism.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/fall-leaves.jpg

"I'm not an environmentalist. I'm an Earth warrior." ~Darryl Cherney, quoted in Smithsonian, April 1990

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