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Earth Week 2019 Events

Earth Week 2019 April 12th – 25th Loyola University New Orleans’ Environment Program invites everyone to join us in celebrating Earth Week. Come out and learn more about the environment and how to protect and sustain it. All events are free and open to the public. There is free parking in the West Road garage for all Earth Week events.

Climate Change Conference 

April 12, 2019 | 9:30am-4pm | College of Law 

Loyola University New Orleans’ Center for Environmental Law is hosting a one-day conference for the Gulf of Mexico region focused on the science and implications of a changing climate and innovative legal solutions for resilience and adaptation. The goal of the event is to bring together those who are currently experiencing or are threatened by the impacts of climate change and those who work in law and policy to initiate collaborations on ways to address imminent climate concerns. Guest speakers include: Andrew Revkin, an award-winning journalist with National Geographic and the New York Times, Kate Sears, Supervisor of Marin Country (which is seeking damages from 37 fossil fuel companies over sea level rise), A.R. Siders, Environmental Fellow at Harvard’s Center for the Environment, and Mary Landrieu, former U.S. Senator. Join us for straight talk and lively discussions with policy and lawmakers, community leaders, scientists, and other experts. You must RSVP at General Admission is free. 


Student Panel

April 23, 2019 | 12:30-1:30pm | Monroe Hall 152 

"Counting the Environmental Costs of Effective Altruism" 
Panel Members:
Melody Bigelow-Monssen, Kayla Koonz, and Emily Ortiz

Effective Altruism is about “doing good better.” More specifically, it is a research field that uses high-quality evidence and careful reasoning to work out how to help others as much as possible. The rise of Effective Altruism over the last decade has revolutionized both charitable giving and NGO work abroad. It has done so largely by focusing on using limited resources as efficiently as possible to improve desirable quantifiable outcomes in human beings, such as quality-adjusted life years (QALYs). But what are the environmental costs of these approaches? Up to this point, Effective Altruism has had less to say about this topic. Our panel will present our preliminary research into the environmental impact that some of the NGOs that are most highly recommended by Effective Altruists. Only with this information, we claim, can we really know how to do good best.  Pizza lunch will be served.


Greenhouse Gathering 

April 23, 2019 | 5:00-10:00pm | The Azby Greenhouse (7th Floor Monroe Hall) 

The Azby Greenhouse facility along with the Physics Department observation deck will be the spot to be for an evening of exciting science exploration and campus vistas. The greenhouse rooms will be open for perusing the permanent collection of plants; from Arabica coffee shrubs to Venus fly traps and much more. The physics students and faculty will have Astro-Night and show you what's the sky! There will also be live music from Loyola music students, along with a special Earth Day menu of fun foods and drinks. 

Spiritual Cosmic Walks

April 24, 2019 | 9:30-10:30; 10:30-11:30; 1:30-2:30; 2:30-3:30 | Audubon Room & One Loyola 

The Cosmic Walk is a ritual of bringing our knowledge of the 14-billion-year Universe process of evolution and creation unfolding from our heads to our hearts. The purpose of the Cosmic Walk Ritual is to awaken a deeper consciousness in the human of the amazing beauty and age of the unfolding life process of the Universe and to evoke a sense of mystery, awe, and reverence in the person who participates in this ritual. If you would like to serve as the "walker" of the spiral or a reader, please arrive at least 10 minutes before the start of the ritual to receive instructions. After the ritual, time will be allocated for a facilitated small group, large group, and private reflection and processing of the sacred universe story, how it impacts our lives and shapes our worldview, and what commitments we want to make as a result.

The guided ritual will be facilitated by Sister Alison McCrary. Sister Alison McCrary, SFCC is a Catholic nun, public speaker, social justice attorney, Executive Director of the National Police Accountability Project, and a Spiritual Advisor on Louisiana’s death row. She works on issues related to criminal justice reform, immigrant rights, international human rights, cultural preservation, voting rights, disaster recovery, housing rights, and provides support to various social justice movements and organizations locally, nationally, and internationally. 


Stop by the One Loyola room and join in on creative and fun activities including making your own trail mix.

Environment Fair 

April 25, 2019 | 12:30-2:00pm | Peace Quad

The Environment Fair will be hosting a variety of on-campus and off-campus organizations and clubs that aim to promote, conserve and renew our environment. Some organizations include arcGNO, Urban Conservancy, the Gulf Restoration Network, Bike Easy, S&WB, Okra Abbey, the Green Project, Restore the Earth, LOOP, SEA, Natural History Club, Center for International Education, and more! There will also be a farmers market, music, petting animals, and plenty of games and prizes, so don't forget to bring a friend!  


Frog Walk 

April 25, 2019 | 7:00-11:00pm | Jean Lafitte National Park 

Enjoy an evening adventure walk with Dr. Bob Thomas (Environment Program and Mass Communications) one of the foremost herpetologists in the southeastern Louisiana area and a longtime environmental educator and naturalist. Come to listen and investigate dozens of species of frogs and toads. Learn how to identify frogs by their vocalizations and see alligators’ glowing red eyes. Walkers are guaranteed to see all sorts of nocturnal critters. Reservations are required. Click Here for details. 


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