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Stewart Holds Annual Earth Day Rant on “Bending the Curves”

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On April 22, Professor of Physics Brian Stewart held his annual Earth Day Rant through the Zoom application. This year’s topic was “Bending the Curves: Coping with Crises from Car Crashes to Coronavirus to Climate Change.”

On April 22, Professor of Physics Brian Stewart held his annual Earth Day Rant. This year’s topic was “Bending the Curves: Coping with Crises from Car Crashes to Coronavirus to Climate Change.”

During his talk, Stewart discussed and compared how a car crash, storm, epidemic, and climate change vary in terms of mitigation, adaptation, perception, agency, cost to the United States, and deaths per 100,000 people. The current epidemic has cost the U.S. more than $2.5 trillion, whereas vehicle accidents amount to $277 billion per year (excluding indirect costs), and storms cause $30 billion per year in damages. All contribute to the country’s Gross Domestic Product.

“Now, time is extremely short . . . What are the mechanisms we can put into place to give ourselves a shot at retooling society in a sustainable way? Nobody knows. We haven’t figured that out,” he said.

Stewart pointed out one of the rare positive effects of the COVID-19 epidemic: It has slightly reduced the emission of carbon dioxide that leads to global warming.

“I’d like to say with the economy of the United States dramatically dampened . . . it’s possible that CO2 emissions will decline by 5 percent this year, owning to the cessation of much economic activity,” he said.

Stewart explained how a coordinated effort to reduce CO2 emissions would not necessitate such a large impact on the economy per unit of CO2 reduction, “but that the prospects are nonetheless daunting, and time is not on our side.”

Wesleyan Community Participates in Global Climate Strikes (with Photo Gallery)

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Students participated in the Global Climate Strike on Sept. 20.

On Sept. 20, members of the Wesleyan community—including students, faculty, staff, and Middletown community leaders—joined millions of young people around the world by participating in the Global Climate Strike. Taking place in more than 150 countries, the Global Climate Strike (held Sept. 20-27) amplifies a chorus of concern about the catastrophic dangers of climate change.

The on-campus strike included speeches by students, faculty, and a community member, and concluded with a march around campus. Boldly displaying handcrafted signs, students paraded around campus chanting, “No coal, no oil, keep the carbon in the soil,” and “Hey, hey, ho, ho, fossil fuels have got to go.”

The strike concluded with a march around campus and candlelight vigil. The event kicked off a week’s worth of activities centered around the threat of climate change.

Stewart Leads Annual Earth Week Rant

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Brian Stewart, professor of physics, led his 10th annual Earth Week Rant on April 19 and 20.

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Brian Stewart, professor of physics, led his 10th annual Earth Week Rant on April 19 and 20. Stewart discussed energy and argued that a surprisingly simple, nature-oriented way of organizing public information can help us to make decisions as we navigate a murky future. (Photos by Will Barr ’18)

Earth Month Activities Include Speakers, Films

Lynda Nead of the University of London will speak April 14 on "The Tiger in the Smoke: The Aesthetics of Fog in Post-War Britain c. 1945-55" as part of a series of Earth Month events at Wesleyan.

Lynda Nead of the University of London will speak April 14 on “The Tiger in the Smoke: The Aesthetics of Fog in Post-War Britain c. 1945-55” as part of a series of Earth Month events at Wesleyan.

In honor of Earth Month, Wesleyan will host a series of speakers and films beginning April 14.

At 4:15 p.m. on April 14, the College of the Environment will present a talk, “The Tiger in the Smoke: The Aesthetics of Fog in Post-War Britain c. 1945-55,” by Lynda Nead, the Pevsner Professor of History of Art at Birkbeck, University of London. The talk will be in 41 Wyllys, Room 112. It is cosponsored by the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life; the Mellon Fund for Lectures in Ethics, Politics and Social Issues; Art History; History; and the Science in Society Program. The event is free and open to the public.

2 Faculty to Receive Tenure, 5 Promoted to Full Professor

The Board of Trustees recently conferred tenure to two Wesleyan faculty and promoted five faculty to full professor. Their promotions take effect July 1.

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Victoria Pitts-Taylor, professor of feminist, gender and sexuality studies, and Charles Sanislow, associate professor of psychology, will receive tenure. Pitts-Taylor will join Wesleyan as a new faculty members and chair of the FGSS program on the same date.

They join four other faculty members who were awarded tenure earlier this spring.

Those promoted to full professor are Martha Gilmore, professor of earth and environmental sciences; Yuri Kordonsky, professor of theater; James Lipton, professor of mathematics and computer sciences; Brian Stewart, professor of physics; and Greg Voth, professor of physics.

Brief descriptions of their areas of research and teaching are below:

Pitts-Taylor will offer courses in feminist science studies, gender theory, and interdisciplinary body studies.

Climate Justice Conference, Long Lane Farm Workdays During Earth Month Celebration

Throughout April, Wesleyan is hosting its second annual Earth Month.

Click this icon to view the "Climate Justice Conference of Solutions" conference poster.

Click this icon to view the “Climate Justice Conference of Solutions” poster.

On April 12, Wesleyan is hosting a “Climate Justice Conference of Solutions” event. Participants will lay out the organizing, technological, and policy solutions to the climate crisis and explore how taking action on climate can improve social justice, create jobs, grow businesses, and enhance national security. Register for the event here.

Other Earth Month events include a Sustainability Career Panel on April 8, Long Lane Farm grand workdays, WILDWes workdays, a Wesleyan Joulebug Competition, an Earth Week Rant with Professor of Physics Brian Stewart, a Mama Earth Fest, a film screening of Victoria Mamas and more.

Earth Month is sponsored by Wesleyan’s Sustainability Office and the College of the Environment.

For more information about these events and others, go to the Earth Month website or see the Earth Month poster below:

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April is Earth Month at Wesleyan

Join WILD Wes from noon to 4 p.m. on April 6 and April 27 to plant understory berry bushes and herbaceous plantings in the West College Courtyard.

Join WILD Wes from noon to 4 p.m. on April 6 and April 27 to plant understory berry bushes and herbaceous plantings in the West College Courtyard.

Plant trees, create recycled art, tour a chestnut orchard, work on an organic garden and much more during Earth Month at Wesleyan!

During the month of April, Wesleyan’s Sustainability Office is hosting several earth-friendly opportunities. Events begin April 4 with a luncheon discussion on “Waste: Uncertainty, Futurity, and Democratic Engagement” at Woodhead Lounge. The Wesleyan community also is invited to the 6th Annual Global Environmental Sustainability Symposium on Transportation, Human Mobility and Sustainability at Central Connecticut State University the same day.

On April 6, join student organization WILD Wes to plant the berry bushes and herbaceous plantings for the Edible Forest Garden. Planting takes place in the West College Courtyard.

On April 9, Michigan-based folk musicians and environmental activists Samuel Seth Bernard and May Erlewine will participate in a performance and conversation over a vegan dinner for Wesleyan students, faculty and staff. Bernard and Erlewine have been perennial attractions at the Earthwork Collective farm’s annual Harvest Gathering, a music festival devoted to local independent artists and responsible, earth-friendly activism. The dinner takes place at Daniel Family Commons.

The English Department will present a panel discussion on “Green English: Nature and the Literary Humanities,” in honor of the works and career of William Stowe at 4:15 p.m. April 18. Presenters are Lois Brown, professor of English, professor of African American studies; Stephanie Weiner, associate professor of English; and Courtney Weiss Smith, assistant professor of English.

The Recycled Art Competition takes place April 19 at the Usdan University Center's Huss Courtyard.

The Recycled Art Competition takes place April 19 at the Usdan University Center’s Huss Courtyard.

On April 19, view the Recycled Art Competition at the Usdan University Center’s Huss Courtyard, and on April 20, join students at Wesleyan’s Long Lane Farm to work in the organic garden.

On Earth Day, April 22, Juliet Schor ’75, professor of sociology at Boston College will speak on “Treading Lightly on the Earth: the Practice of Plenitude” in the Public Affairs Center. In this talk, Professor Schor will discuss the emergence of “plenitude,” a set of new practices, networks and ways of living that emphasize eco and carbon footprint reduction, sharing, self-provisioning, and reduced engagement with the “Business As Usual” economy. Schor will draw on research from a series of case studies across a range of places and communities.

Earth Month events will wrap up with a Sustainable Transportation Think Tank on April 24; the 6th Annual Earth Week Rant on April 25; an Arbor Day tree planting and Earth Day Veg Out on April 26; a North End spring cleaning and WILD Wes work day on April 27; and a Sustainability Poetry Slam and workshop on May 2.

Other Earth Month events include an Environmental Action Conference, Bike Walk Summit, residential waste audits, an Earth Day 5K, a Wild and Scenic Film Festival, Middletown Chestnut Orchard tour and more.

For more information on these events and to register, see the Sustainability Office’s web site.

Wesleyan Community Celebrates Earth Day

Barry Chernoff, the Robert Schumann Professor of Environmental Studies, professor of biology and director of the Environmental Studies Certificate Program, welcomes the audience to Wesleyan’s 2010 Earth Day Celebration titled ““Keeping Our Feet to the Fire: Joining Art and Science to Engage Environmental Issues.”

Wesleyan Celebrates Earth Day with Film, Panel Discussion

Feet to the Fire: Exploring Global Climate Change from Science to Art was an 18-month project which included research opportunities for a team of students and faculty to explore first-hand the effects of global warming. Feet to the Fire included an eco-arts festival in a neglected city park.

“Keeping Our Feet to the Fire: Joining Art and Science to Engage Environmental Issues” is the topic of Wesleyan’s 2010 Earth Day celebration on April 22.

The event will feature a world premier screening of Paul Horton’s film Connections within a Fragile World.

A  panel of environmental experts will discuss the question “are art and science as natural allies in communicating environmental issues to the public?” It will be moderated by Jeremy Isard ’11, with panelists: Godfrey Bourne, University Missouri St. Louis; Marda Kirn, EcoArts Connections, Colorado; Cassie Meador, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Washington, D.C.; and Barry Chernoff, the Robert Schumann Professor of Environmental Studies, professor of biology and director of the Environmental Studies Certificate Program at Wesleyan.

The Schumann Prize for Distinguished Environmental Stewardship will be awarded to a member of the class of 2010 and a reception will follow the event.

Population Growth Topic of Stewart’s Earth Week Rant

Brian Stewart, associate professor of physics, led the second annual Earth Week Rant April 23 in Exley Science Center. The event was open to the entire Wesleyan community.

Brian Stewart, associate professor of physics, led this second annual "Earth Week Rant" April 23 in Exley Science Center. The event was open to the Wesleyan and broader communities.

Stewart focused his rant on the connection between resource depletion, pollution including global warming, and population growth. HHere, Stewart explains the Canadian and U.S. natural gas resources and reserves.

Stewart focused his "rant" on the connection between resource depletion, pollution including global warming, and population growth. Here, Stewart discusses the Canadian and U.S. natural gas resources and reserves.

Stewart hopes his rants lead the Wesleyan community into building a sustainable future. (Photos by Olivia Bartlett)

Stewart decided to establish his annual tradition in recognition of the urgent need for discussion of these critical issues. He regards the nearly full house of attendees from the Wesleyan and broader communities as evidence of the popular appetite for information on resource, pollution and population issues.(Photos by Olivia Bartlett)