The Graduate and Professional Student Government’s first Climate Action Day will be held this Thursday. The event will feature an array of booths from various sustainability organizations in the Pit, followed by two documentary screenings.
Climate Action Day is being organized by GPSG’s Climate Crisis Committee, which was formed in September by newly appointed Director of Environmental Affairs Jimmy Dögerl.
“If you are interested in getting involved in campus life, and especially in the area of climate action and environmental protection, then this is the best day for you to find out what your options are, find out what's going on, learn more about what the University is doing or not doing,” he said.
The committee has worked with the Undergraduate Student Government to host the day, and several USG members are on the committee.
“There's a lot that we can do at UNC, and I think it's hard to know how exactly to do that. But this committee makes it possible to directly be involved,” graduate student and climate crisis committee member Sydney Rehder said.
The first segment of Climate Action Day will feature a collection of informational tables run by organizations working to bring awareness to the climate crisis. These include on-campus groups such as Edible Campus, Carolina Dining Services and the Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling.
Off-campus organizations such as Sunrise Durham, a youth group dedicated to mitigating climate change, and PORCH, a local hunger relief program, will also participate in the project. Event organizers have also set up a recycling station for batteries, light bulbs and other special waste items.
“There's sustainability relevance in every aspect of life and every aspect of campus life. It's worth having students think about these things and come up with ideas for how to make our campus more sustainable,” Dögerl said.
As the second part of Climate Action Day, two documentaries that address environmental issues will be screened in the Student Union in the evening. The first film, “Pushed Up the Mountain,” produced by UNC communications professor Julia Haslett, will discuss botanical conservationist efforts in China and Scotland. Following the screening, a panel discussion with Haslett will be held.