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Earth Week 2020

Earth Week 2020 April 20th – 24th Loyola University New Orleans’ Environment Program invites everyone to join us in celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. 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.


Earth Week Events


“Food Ethics in Practice: Farm Forward and the Better Food Foundation”
Joey Tuminello, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, McNeese State University

Abstract: This talk focuses on my advocacy work for the nonprofit organizations Farm Forward and the Better Food Foundation. Using examples of specific projects that I have led or contributed to since 2011 (including recent and upcoming events and programs), I discuss how these efforts to build a just, equitable, and sustainable food system both inform and are informed by my philosophical research, illustrating the importance of feedback loops in the relationship between theory and practice.

Bio: Joey Tuminello is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, LA and Program Coordinator for the nonprofit organization Farm Forward. His research interests include the philosophies of food, medicine, animals, and environment through the lenses of hermeneutics, pragmatism, and Jainism. With Farm Forward, Joey has worked on numerous education and research projects. Joey’s lead project with Farm Forward is an annual webinar event featuring Jonathan Safran Foer, author of Eating Animals (2009) and We Are the Weather (2019).

Thursday | April 2, 2020 | 12:30-1:45pm | 610 Monroe Hall

12th Annual Student Peace Conference -  “Shape Shifting Climates”

In the wake of a newfound societal consciousness and urgency surrounding the dangers facing our common home, our global environment was a topic that could not go untouched. More than that, it is one that our generation is actively engaging in, and for good reason. Yet, our student-led conference has always stood by a principal of interdisciplinary inclusion. This is why our theme of climate change is not limited to the environment. We are inviting our fellow students, community members, activists, and intellectuals to explore changes in all climates: social, political, artistic, historical, etc. Our theme is change and I believe we have the chance to make a meaningful one. 

March 30 - April 2, 2020 

Environment Program Capstone Poster Presentation

Thursday | April 16, 2020 | 12:30-1:30pm | Nunemaker Auditorium

Greenhouse Gathering & Star Gazing

Monday | April 20, 2020 | 5:00-9:00pm | The Azby Greenhouse (7th Floor Monroe Hall)

"The Most Good You Can Do for the Environment" Student Panel on Environmental Ethics

Panel Members: TBD 

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges humanity faces, and our struggle with it will last for generations. Yet we should not lose sight of the fact that there are things we can do right now to help improve the situation. The purpose of this panel is to help clarify the most effective ways available to devoted our limited resources in the here and now to this cause. We put the principles of effective altruism to work as we consider some of the most efficient ways to turn a limited budget of money ($1,000) and time (6 months) into a better environment. Pizza lunch will be served.

Tuesday | April 21, 2020 | 12:30-1:30pm | Monroe 152

Earth Week Dinner

Tuesday | April 21, 2020 | 5:00-7:00pm | The Orleans Room

Nunemaker Guest Speaker Carol J. Adams

Tuesday | April 21, 2020 | 7:00-8:30pm | Nunemaker Auditorium


Carol J. Adams

The plant world yields imagery of tending, nurturing, slow evolutionary change, harmony with the seasons. Political implications are derived from a sense of organic unity rather than disjunction; harvest rather than violence; living in harmony rather than having domain over.

– "Epilogue" to The Sexual Politics of Meat

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Sugar Roots Farm

Wednesday | April 22, 2020 | 7:15-10:45am | Sugar Roots Farm

Earth Day Picnic with Zeus’ Rescue puppies 

Wednesday | April 22, 2020 | 12:00-1:30pm | Peace Quad

NOLA Brewery 50th Anniversary Earth Day

Wednesday | April 22, 2020 | 6:00-9:00pm | NOLA Brewing (3001 Tchoupitoulas St)

50th Earth Day Forum: Connecting with Louisiana Leaders with Benjamin Franklin High School

In keeping with the spirit of Loyola’s Earth Week, the 50th Earth Day Forum seeks to connect students to their state and local leaders in a facilitated conversation about Southeast Louisiana’s most pressing environmental issues.  The event will be comprised of 3-4 moderated discussions of topics such as coastal erosion, climate change and waste management. Audience questions will be allowed and are encouraged. Panelists TBA. 

Wednesday | April 22, 2020 | 6:30-9:30pm | Miller Hall 114

Earth Fair with the Farmers’ Market

Thursday | April 23, 2020 | 12:00-2:00pm | Peace Quad

Frog Walk

Thursday | April 23, 2020 | 7:00-11:00pm | Jean Lafitte National Park

Earth Week Film Screening

Friday | April 24, 2020 | 6:00-10:00pm | Satchmo’s Lounge


We hope to see you there! --Environment Program

For any questions regarding Earth Week please email Claire Commagere at