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Green Briefs

Green BriefsA quick look at some of the green happenings in the undergraduate community.

Medford/Somerville, Mass. [11.09.09]  

Protesting Climate Change

On Oct. 24, Tufts students participated in the International Day of Climate Action, a day dedicated to promoting events around the world to raise awareness about the environment. Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning (UEP)student Libby Mahaffy (G'11) helped organize a rally that included a bicycle-powered blender for smoothies, performances by BEATS and speakers from Tufts Energy Forum and the Leadership Campaign/Massachusetts Power Shift, a state-wide student organization pushing for 100 percent clean electricity by 2020.

Despite inclement weather, students concerned about climate change came out to show their support.

Some Medford/Somerville residents also stopped by the event, according to Mahaffy, "and we drew crowds of kids when BEATS played." The campus rally was one of many in Boston that day, and more than 5,200 events took place globally. To check out videos of the day's events, go to 350.org.

The International Day of Climate Action also kicked off the Tufts Sleep Out, another Leadership Campaign event designed to raise awareness about the need for energy reform. Check out photos by Ian MacLellan (A'12) of the event, in which students camped out on both the Academic Quad and the Boston Common.

Students Take Action First

The Experimental College is known for its eclectic array of courses, and this semester is no exception. Among this fall's offerings are multiple courses focusing on the environment, including "Environmental Action: Shifting from Saying to Doing," co-taught by UEP student Dallase Scott (G'11) and Tina Woolston, project coordinator for the Office of Sustainability.

The course tries to get students to understand how their daily habits impact the environment, and make them greener where they can.

"Until college, we follow the pattern of our parents' lifestyle as far as our routine and consumption. But in college, we start creating our own behavior that will become habitual for the rest of our life," said Scott.

Students in the class organized a symposium on Nov. 7 that drew college students from across New England to discuss ways of promoting environmental change on campus. To keep up with the class' progress, check out the class blog.

Other ExCollege classes with environmental themes this fall are "Healing Plants: Culture and Ecology in South America" and "Climate Change and the Law."

Stories by Catherine Scott (A'11)

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