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1. Participate in virtual events and actions: If you or your organization has transitioned to a virtual event (yay!), register it with us on the virtual Earth Day map! One powerful virtual event is a “teach-in”, which can range from a university-wide gathering to an individual professor Making Climate a Class.

2. Advocate: Add your voice to The Campus Climate Project. 50 years after the environmental movement began on college campuses, we need to reflect on the role of higher education in our global fight against climate change. Help us map the current climate of how campuses are doing in this fight in order to unite our voice.

Is your campus adequately preparing students to tackle climate change and other environmental issues? Are they doing enough to mitigate their environmental impact? Log your answers on The Campus Climate Project to help us track the current role of the university in relation to climate change preparedness in 2020. Let’s celebrate wins while also acknowledging areas of improvement. Please plan to discuss this prompt during Earth Day during a virtual event or as personal reflection! Have all event attendees log their answers as well!

3. S.A.V.E. Framework: Together, we can SAVE the Earth, Speak up, Act, Vote& Educate
On April 22, join us as we EARTHRISE, a global digital mobilization that drives actions big and small, gives diverse voices a platform and demands bold action for people and the planet. Visit our EARTHRISE page to learn more.

1. Advocate for Environmental Education: Add your voice to The Campus Climate Project. Ask yourself, Is your campus adequately preparing students to tackle climate change and other environmental issues? Are they doing enough to mitigate their environmental impact? Log your answers on The Campus Climate Project to help us track the current role of the university in relation to climate change preparedness in 2020, 50 years after the environmental movement began on college campuses. Please plan to discuss this prompt during Earth Day with your peers, during a virtual event or as personal reflection!

2. Help Make Climate a Class: Contact all of your current professors and ask them to dedicate a lecture (or a portion of class time) to discussing the intersection between the environment and the course curriculum. Climate and environmental education promote lifelong civic engagement and environmental stewardship, critical skills for young people to address modern challenges. Your First Step: Check out our template email to get started emailing your professors now! Every class can and should be connected to sustainability or climate change. Let us know that you’re down to get your professors involved by signing our outreach pledge!
If you want to know more about how professors can #MakeClimateaClass, check out our Make Climate a Class resource or explore the related tab below!

3.. Attend Virtual Earth Day Events! Explore our virtual event map for webinars of interest to you! And, spend some time figuring out if your university is still hosting a virtual Earth Day event! If you are hosting a virtual event, register it with us to help show off how college students are still being active this Virtual Earth Day!

4. Register to Vote. Standing up for the environment through civic duty is more important than ever! Register yourself to vote and get ten friends to commit to doing so as well. Our site streamlines this process significantly! See “Additional Student Resources” below for more details.

1. Encourage professors to #MakeClimateaClass by incorporating environmental education into their lectures on April 22nd (or a portion of class time during that week). In every area of academic interest, there are intersections between the environment and your curriculum. No matter which career your students pursue, the health of the environment will have an impact on their ability to accomplish their professional goals. Let’s prepare the next generation of leaders to take on climate change and other global issues. For more information on how professors can do this, check out our Make Climate a Class resource or explore the related tab below!

2. Educate participants about voter registration and the importance of this civic duty—especially in relation to the planet. This year, it’s more urgent than ever that we #VoteEarth.

3. Create or enhance your existing campus sustainability plan. Earth Day 2020 is the perfect time to announce new or stronger commitments for reductions in waste, water and greenhouse gasses.

Are our universities doing enough to prepare students to address global environmental challenges?
Submit your answer to the map

We are uniting our voices by mapping the current climate of how campuses are doing in the fight against climate change. We want to celebrate wins and look for areas of improvement. Many universities are leading by example with commitments for carbon neutrality and divestment (and this is commendable and we want to see more!), but they must also focus their attention to their most impactful emissions: students.

Contribute to this project by incorporating a discussion about the role of institutions in the climate fight during digital Earth Day events. After the event, encourage everyone to submit their answers to the map. To get a good picture, we need a lot of data! Our next generation of leaders, no matter their discipline, must be prepared to take on a slew of complex global problems, such as climate change. So, let us take the time to reflect on environmental education in higher ed. Learn more and submit your answers on The Campus Climate Project.

We are reflecting on how colleges and universities are preparing their students to tackle global crises such as climate change. In every area of academic interest, there are intersections between the environment and your curriculum. This April for the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, educators should consider taking an immediate step to prepare their students by dedicating a lecture or a portion of class time to analyze how climate change and other environmental issues are relevant to their field.

Professors can #MakeClimateaClass by emulating a “teach-in” discussion in a class during the week of April 22. For ideas on how to get started, check out our new Make Climate a Class resource! You will find that every area of academic interest has intersections with the environment. And, when you are ready to #MakeClimateaClass, pledge your commitment by registering your class on the Earth Day map. Students, reach out to all of your professors to encourage them to make climate a class. Feel free to use our template email to speed up the process, and don’t forget to log your outreach with us here!

For more digital resources, explore the Environmental Education at Home guide and Earth Challenge, the world’s largest citizen science project.

And, you can find everything you need to take further action here.

ADDITIONAL STUDENT RESOURCES

Vote Earth is a global initiative that aims to mobilize millions of people to demonstrate their concern for our planet by rejecting inaction and demanding change at the polls. As voting citizens, we have enormous power to drive change by making our voices heard. Use Vote Earth to encourage your friends and/or family to use their voting power to ensure we address the climate crisis, combat environmental problems and restore, and conserve the natural world.

Using the Vote Earth Voter Registration Website:
Most states allow online voter registration if one has a state issued drivers licence or ID. Other states require paper forms to be filled out and submitted. The Vote Earth web based voter registration portal covers both of those circumstances. The registration process works like this:

1. The potential voter goes to our website and fills out the required information. The site will check to see if they are registered at the desired address.
2. If they are, then that is great! No further steps.
3. If they are not registered, then one of two options will be presented:

a. If the state allows online voter registration, the individual is directed to the appropriate site through our site.
b. If the state the individual resides in does not allow online voting registration, the individual will receive:

i. A pdf with all the information filled out to properly register them to vote, which they can sign and mail OR deliver to the proper state entity.
ii. The individual will have a pre-filled out form mailed to their address, including a postage paid envelope addressed to the proper state entity to process the registration. The individual merely has to sign the form, place it in the provided pre-stamped envelope and drop it in the mail.

This is very easy and takes about 5 minutes at the most if they are allowed to register online.

The Indigenous Leadership Toolkit was made by Samantha Arechiga & Thomas Lopez at International Indigenous Youth Council. It is a resource and a guide for non-Indigenous people to use when organizing with Indigenous people and communities—focusing on the Indigenous communities in the Western hemisphere.

This toolkit is meant to educate users on language awareness and relationship building, while also highlighting the importance of moving beyond representation or acknowledgement and into offering meaningful leadership roles for Indigenous people.

As developers of young minds and bright futures, colleges and universities should step up and commit to fighting climate change. One of the best ways to do this is through dining services.

By taking the 20/20 Foodprints for the Future Pledge, colleges and universities choose to be climate leaders. Participating schools pledge to replace 20% of animal products with delicious plant-based alternatives and reduce campus food waste by 20%. This sends a powerful message to the campus community and can inspire other schools to take action.

Use these email templates for your sustainability office and dining services to introduce yourself and to communicate the importance of this pledge to you. Learn more ways to improve food sustainability on your campus here.

Our food system accounts for more than a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions, making animal agriculture one of the largest contributors to climate change. Food production and consumption are rapidly deteriorating the planet. And what we’re eating is pushing the planet to the breaking point on climate change and deforestation.

Check out the MobilizeU Foodprints for the Future Toolkit to get the facts, understand the food systems your life, and learn what you can do as student!

Use our downloadable posters to promote Earth Day on your campus!

ADDITIONAL CAMPUS RESOURCES

1. Use April 22nd as an “Environmental Education” Day in the form of a teach-in. Use our educational resources to inform community members of their connection to the environment.

2.Encourage professors to dedicate one class session in their April lesson plan to environmental education; sustainability is a relevant topic to any class no matter the subject!

3. Consider utilizing your Earth Day events to educate participants about voter registration and the importance of this civic duty—especially in relation to the planet. Join forces with existing voter registration groups on your campus and discuss why we should all #VoteEarth.

4. Create or enhance your existing campus sustainability plan. Earth Day 2020 is the perfect time to announce new or stronger commitments for reductions in waste, water and greenhouse gasses.

5. Take the 20/20 Foodprints for the Future Pledge to replace 20 percent of animal products with delicious plant-based foods and reduce food waste by 20 percent on campus. Learn more about the pledge here.

6. Host a community service event or partner with a local environmental organization to get students involved in making their community a better place. Cleanups, tree plantings, and volunteer citizen science are among the many ways that students can have a direct impact on the world this Earth Day.

7. Invite “non-traditionally green” groups in your community to partner with you for Earth Day events. The environmental movement is an intersectional mobilization that involves people of all backgrounds and a variety of social movements. This is a great way to engage new and larger audiences while also incorporating some unique ideas.

8. Do some digging in your library or news archives for old photos, videos or recordings from some of the original Earth Day celebrations. These materials can be incredible additions to your existing events and promotional materials. Or better yet, plan an engaging exhibition of these archives, perhaps in connection with a student Artists for the Earth art exhibition.

One of the leading causes of the climate crisis is our food system. If you add up everything that goes in to our food system: production, processing, transporting, consumption and waste, it accounts for up to a third of all human-made greenhouse gas emissions.

By taking the 20/20 Foodprints for the Future Pledge, colleges and universities choose to be climate leaders. Participating schools pledge to replace 20% of animal products with delicious plant-based alternatives and reduce campus food waste by 20%. This sends a powerful message to the campus community and can inspire other schools to take action.

Have you heard about Solve Climate by 2030? On the night of Tuesday April 7, the Center for Environmental Policy at Bard College is coordinating a series of 52, university-hosted webinars, one in every state of the country, focused on ambitious but feasible state and local solutions to help solve climate by 2030. We now need your help to get 100,000 students and community members across the state talking about local climate solutions on April 7.

PLEDGE NOW TO #MakeClimateaClass!

Teachers: I pledge to #MakeClimateaClass by assigning our 47 state webinar as Homework, and talking about it in the next class.

This opportunity is not just for environmental studies classes. The challenges posed by solving climate change necessarily range across history, science, business, culture, economics, psychology, religion, government, media, journalism and the arts. Solve Climate has disciplinary templates for follow-up discussions after the state-level, solutions-focused webinars.

Show the world that we are committed to making climate change a part of our education.

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