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"Global Climate Politics and Radical Activism" discussion by Professor Shannon Gibson
Just last wednesday, Professor Gibson, who also teaches such classes as IR 323, gave a lecture on her work with global environmental activism. Professor Gibson set the tone with a casual ease as she showed pictures of various groups such as CAN and Friends of the Earth and discussed the history of the environmental movement.
The lecture was highlighted by Gibson’s own experiences at various global negotiations such as Copenhagen 15, and often made the group laugh at her candid stories.
Free sandwiches and beverages were offered, and everyone seemed to thoroughly enjoy themselves as the young professor shared her overwhelming wealth of knowledge.
Earth week continued to deliver with entertaining diversions.
If you’re interested in engaging with the discussion of how faith and our environment relate, come out to the Interfaith Council’s Sustainability and Religion Dinner Discussion part of USC’s participation in Earth Week. Besides the engaging discussions, participants will also receive the opportunity to join in preparing some homemade pizzas!
No RSVP needed, just come by the University Religious Center (URC) 103 this Tuesday (4/17) at 6:00-8:00PM
This past tuesday, April 10th, on-campus organizations and global corporations lined up booths on Trousedale to show their environmental awareness and concern. The booth varied, from a simplistic white and green accented set-up by our very own USC Sustainability Office’s promotion for Earth Week, to a massive collection of items showcasing USC Housing’s commitment to sustainable practices via their materials and appliances.
Here are some of Housing’s commitments to being environmentally conscious.
A major eye-catcher was a booth set up by ESPN, where hopeful students submitted applications for the opportunity to intern in an eco-friendly position with the corporation. Gadgets were a-plenty as well, as two energy efficient cars, the Nissan Leaf and the Mitsubishi i, glistened in the sun.
A majority of booths dealt with waste management, primarily e-waste. E-cycle in particular had a great booth set up, and I got this awesome little recycling can and pen!
Even major corporations like Nestle came out to show support. Considering their major backlack on watered bottled practices, it seems that the company is striving to prove their commitment to being environmentally conscious. Nestle provided the water jugs for the event, and arrived in a vehicle sporting a positive message, though the meaning of “eco-smart refreshment” is a bit unclear.
All in all, everyone was smiling and happy, promoting positive change on campus and showing support for the eco-conscious initiatives on campus.
Just last saturday, April 7, students as well as Angelenos gathered in McCarthy Quad to celebrate the second semester. Food trucks were lined up, selling delectable treats such as boba pearl tea drinks and shaved ice. A booth by Leavey Library had by far the coolest stations: students could either splatter paint their own records or get DJ lessons for 20 minutes or so. But the most interesting attraction, in my opinion, sat off to the side behind an inclosed gate, purring ever so slightly as it fueled the stage.
Biodiesel machines powered much of the festivities, mainly the stage equipment. For those that don’t know, biodiesel is a renewable energy source used for diesel engines. According to biodiesel.org, biodiesel is ” a fuel comprised of mono-alkyl esters of long chain fatty acids derived from vegetable oils or animal fats, designated B100, and meeting the requirements of ASTM D 6751.” As the machine chugged along, the power was used to fuel the night’s awesome performers, including Anberlin and Wolfgang Gartner.
Just something cool our campus did to be a little more environmentally friendly.
Savy Sport Climber or Beginning Belayer? (Or you have no idea what any of those mean but are still interested in checking out rock climbing?) Beginning and experienced climbers alike will find a great community of climbers with whom to hone their skills.
The USC Climbing Club provides a great opportunity for students to network with others interested in climbing and coordinate trips. Gear and lessons are provided as needed. Beginners especially should keep an eye open for the beginner trips, usually occurring at the start of semesters.
The fastest way to get involved is to check out their Thursday night meeting at the Lyon Center rock wall to get connected and hear about upcoming trips.
For more info check out: http://www.facebook.com/USC.Climbing
Why climb? Because its there! (and because you have a community of well-trained individuals monitoring your safety)