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January 23, 2012

Meetings: Fridays from 2-3pm, HLC 2407

March 23rd.  Susan Nyoka, Campus Organic Gardener will give a talk and discussion starting at 3pm.

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“You Hit A Nail You Gotta Hit It Hard”-A Chemical Reaction Film Screening

April 17, 2012

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“You hit a nail you gotta hit it hard” was  Dr. June Irwin’s view on starting a movement, in her case starting a health and environmental movement against harmful pesticides and herbicides.

A Chemical Reaction was a film put together by SafeLawns.org , narrated by Paul Tukey a man with personal experience on the matter of the effects of harmful lawn chemicals.

This movie describes the story of the “little engine that could”, where the small town of Hudson (population 5,000) in the province of Quebec, Canada became the “beacon” for a movement toward better health for the future; all beginning with Dr. Irwin who saw the negative effects of regular-everyday lawn herbicides and pesticides on her patients and decided to step-up and be persistent about it.

The movement that began in Hudson was fought against in the courts by many lawn chemical companies, but after years of struggles for the 1st time in world history the Canadian Supreme Court created a Precautionary Principle, that allowed for all Canadian towns to be given the right to decide for their communities if they want to protect their future generations from harmful chemicals without first having proof of harm (that often takes years of studies to confirm).

We will have to wait and see if the U.S. will follow suit anytime soon.

But either way, I do love Canadians 🙂

Manufacturing our Landscapes

March 13, 2012

If you have not seen this movie, you need to.  “…MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES powerfully shifts our consciousness about the world and the way we live in it, without simplistic judgments or reductive resolutions.” This is an important film that demonstrates the power of ecopsychology, and the Green Jacks are showing it for free this Monday, March 26th.

Where:  Communications Building, room 119
When:  7-9pm

Synopsis

MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES is the striking new documentary on the world and work of renowned artist Edward Burtynsky. Internationally acclaimed for his large-scale photographs of “manufactured landscapes”—quarries, recycling yards, factories, mines and dams—Burtynsky creates stunningly beautiful art from civilization’s materials and debris. The film follows him through China, as he shoots the evidence and effects of that country’s massive industrial revolution. With breathtaking sequences, such as the opening tracking shot through an almost endless factory, the filmmakers also extend the narratives of Burtynsky’s photographs, allowing us to meditate on our impact on the planet and witness both the epicenters of industrial endeavor and the dumping grounds of its waste.

Earth Week Theme

March 8, 2012

Hey everyone, Earth Week needs a written and visual theme! If you have any awesome ideas let us know! We need to start designing shirts and finalizing advertising. Some theme suggestions already are volunteering and the Global Learning Initiative (because Earth Week corresponds to International Week, and Volunteer Week follows Earth Day).  Some question to ask yourself:  What do we want to communicate? What do we want to achieve through action?

So get creative and let’s come up with a great theme!  Leave a comment below!

Environmental Film Series

March 6, 2012

Green NAU, Green Jacks Speaker Series

February 16, 2012

Hi All!

Green NAU and the Office of Sustainability will be speaking at the Health and Learning Center this Friday!  Come learn more about the newly redesigned Green NAU webpage, student connections (jobs, internships, volunteer, and research), the new Green NAU Press Kit, and more.  This is great opportunity to tutorial the website and take advantage of all the resources that all student groups and departments have access to.
speakers: Nick Koressel (Office of Sustainability) and Liz Wiggen (Environmental Caucus)
When: at the 3-4pm Green Jacks meeting
Where: rm 2407, NAU Health and Learning Center

February 8, 2012

February 8, 2012

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Come join us for a wonderful celebration of women! The Vagina Monologues will be performed in the Cline auditorium this Friday, and Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 3pm. Presale tickets are $10 for students and $15 for community members. The money collected at our event will go to benefit local women’s shelters, Northland Family Help Center and Northern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault, as well as back to V-Day to send on to women in Haiti.

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