Promoting Campus Awareness of Environmental Issues
One of the primary missions of the ESD is to increase general awareness of particular environmental issues both among its own members, and throughout the campus in general.
- For the past two falls ESD has participated in the Northern Forest Alliance's annual conferences in Craftsbury, Vermont. This weekend event includes a lecture series, a short field trip, and variety of workshops that have helped ESD members learn how to be better environmental and community leaders. ESD hopes to soon set up a student internship with the NFA in Hanover for next year.
- Fall term, the ESD helped the non-profit educational organization, Mothers for Natural Law, by soliciting the signatures of Dartmouth students for their 1998 petition. The petion was part of a national public awareness campaign on genetic engineering, and a Consumer Right to Know Initiative for mandatory labeling of products containing genetically engineered ingredients.
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- During each election year, ESD conducts research on the environmental record of candidates. This information is passed on to Dartmouth Students of the information sot that they can take the environment issues into consideration when voting. One resource ESD uses to compile profiles of politicians is the League of Conservation Voters, which works to create a Congress more responsive to environmental concerns.
- Over spring break '99, ESD participated in a conference of New England college environmental groups at MIT in Boston. The New England Student Activism Conference 1999, which took place on March 26-28, was a project of SEAC and the Center for Campus Organizing. SEAC, or the Student Enviromnental Action Coalition, is a student run national network of progressive organizations and individuals whose aim is to uproot environmental injustices through action and education. This important two-day event galvanized regional cooperation and effort among progressives. Groups from the PIRGs to Amnesty International to the Democracy Teach-Ins were invited. Workshops informed attendants about environmental, social, and political issues, and will help them to organize successful campaigns and conferences.
- On April 7, the ESD is bringing representatives from the Southern Utah Wilderness Allianceto campus for a slideshow presentation about their conservation work.
- Every year, the ESD works on an Earth Day celebration with a particular theme. Two years ago, for example, the theme was aerial herbicide. By using this as theme, the ESD brought attention to the issue of the paper company Boise-Cascade's aerial herbicide of nearby forests. Last year, Earth Day was observed with a focus on composting. This year, ESD is considering having a Sustainable Technologies theme.
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