2017 Earth Day Speaker

Tuesday April 18, 7:30 pm, Scandinavian Cultural Center

Amanda McCarty (PLU Biology ’04) is an environmental scientist and policy maker with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Her talk is entitled “Connecting Science and Policy: One Lute’s Journey from Biologist to Climate Negotiator.”

During her tenure at NOAA, Amanda has contributed to efforts to coordinate and advance the development and delivery of climate services, advanced President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, and provided leadership to international climate adaptation programs. The highlight was representing the United States for 7 years as a negotiator to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which allowed her to contribute to the historic Paris Agreement to address global climate change. Amanda is currently serving as both the Assistant Director for Partnerships and the Acting Deputy Director for NOAA’s National Sea Grant College Program, which produces and delivers science that serves America’s coastal communities, economies, and ecosystems.

Other Diversity, Justice, and Sustainability Events the Week of 4/15 - 4/22

Tree Planting
Quad on Upper Campus (in between Red Square, Admin and Hong)
10:30 – 11:15am

Sex Signals (put on by the CGE and SAPET)
The Cave, 6:00 – 7:00pm

The Intersections of Social and Environmental Justice
Admin 100, 7:30 – 9:00pm

BYOL* Workshop: How to Talk About Climate Change with your Family, Friends, and Communities
The Cave, 12:30-2:00pm
*Bring Your Own Lunch

Earth Day Speaker: Amanda McCarty, Biology ’04
Connecting Science and Policy: One Lute’s Journey from Biologist to Climate Negotiator
Scan Center, 7:30pm
A reception will follow the lecture.

Box Castle (GREAN Club)
Red Square, 4:30 – 6:00pm

Sounds of Solidarity
The Cave, 7:00pm

Sustainability Fellows presentations
Regency Room, 4:00 – 6:00pm

Changing Currents by PLU Media Lab
Ingram 100, 7:00pm








Disney’s Wall-E viewing and discussion on the connections between our current environmental insecurities and the movie
2nd floor lounge in Tingelstad, 7:00pm
Snacks will be provided


Planting Succulents
3-5:30 pm, Harstad Main Lounge
Will be planting rare and exotic succulents. Bring your own containers for planting. Contact Julianne Golding for more information – goldinjm@plu.edu.

13th Documentary Screening & Debrief
Scan Center, 6:00pm

Earth Day!

Garden Work Party
PLU Community Garden, 2 – 3:30pm

March for Science
Seattle, 10:00am – 1:00pm (also in Tacoma and Olympia)

2016 Earth Day Speaker

Associate Professor and the Academic Director of the Aboriginal Education Research Centre at the University of Saskatchewan, Alexandria (Alex) Wilson, was 2016’s Earth Day speaker. Her talk was entitled “Indigenous Sovereignty: Bodies, Water, Land, Sky, and Scholarship.”

Wilson, who is Neyonawak Inniwak from the Opaskwayak Cree Nation, focused on the intersections between native cultures and efforts to protect land and water by honoring the sovereignty of indigenous peoples. Wilson is a leading expert on Indigenous research methodologies, two spirit/LGBQT identity in indigenous communities, and indigenous environmentalism. She has also been an organizer and activist in the environmental movement “Idle No More.”

Alex Wilson, 2016 Earth Day speaker

2015 Earth Day Speaker

Carolyn Finney, 2015 Earth Day speaker

Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Kentucky, Carolyn Finney, was the 2015 Earth Day Speaker. Her talk was entitled “This Patch of Soil: Race, Nature, and Stories of Future Belonging.”

2014 – Former Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire spoke on her record of environmental stewardship.

2013 – Dr. Michael E. Smith, Professor of Anthropology at Arizona State University

“When Small Was Beautiful: The Ancient History of Resilient Practices”

2012 – Dr. Michael Pavel, Professor of Native American Studies in the Department of Education Studies at the University of Oregon

“Connecting to Everything on Earth: Its Land, Water, and Peoples (Plant, Animal, and Human”

2011 – Greg Nickels, Former Mayor of Seattle and U.S. Public Delegate to the United Nations

“All Politics is Local: Even Global Warming”

2010 – Dr. David Montgomery, Professor of Earth & Space Sciences at the University of Washington

“Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations”

2009 – Dr. Coll Thrush, Professor of History at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver

“The Environmental History of Not-Seeing: Indigenous Landscapes and the Re-Imagining of Cascadia”