Because one day isn’t enough, we’re celebrating the Earth for a whole month here at Tufts! This page will continue to be updated with events, speakers, and resources for the whole month of April, #TuftsEarthMonth2021. Follow The Office of Sustainability and the Eco-Reps on social media to see everything happening. This landing page for #TuftsEarthMonth2021 is where you can find information on sustainable practices, upcoming events, and more!
Click on the following links to navigate through this page and celebrate Earth Month!
Do you know how much waste you produce? Would you like to find out? The Eco Reps and the Office of Sustainability is hosting a Zero Waste Week Challengefrom March 31st to April 7th to kick off Earth month! All you have to do is collect your waste that isn’t recyclable or compostable in a plastic bag for a week, and clip it to your backpack. Fill out this form to sign up! Check out this website to learn more about Zero Waste Week.
Then join Tufts’ Sustainability in Action class on April 7th at 6 p.m to hear from guest speakers, Gretchen Carey from Republic Services and Eliza Hilfer a Tufts alum, about the importance of recycling properly with respect to human and environmental health. This is a great way to reflect on what you’ve learned during the challenge and have any of your burning questions answered! Fill out the form above to receive the Zoom information.
Join the Tufts Eco-Reps team in participating in the Campus Ecochallenge! From April 12th to April 26th, the Eco-Reps will post daily challenges for anyone to complete. All you have to do is mark the sustainable swaps you’ve been making, and you’ll earn points. We’ll be working as a team to compete against other universities, but we also have a competition going within Tufts. The top three winners will receive a gift card to Plastic Free Shop of $50 for 1st place, $30 for 2nd place, and $20 for 3rd place.
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Weekly Sustainability Trivia Challenges
Each full week in April there will be a new set of trivia questions to test your sustainability knowledge and win prizes! The trivia will be played asynchronously on Kahoot!, so you will be able to participate anytime, anywhere over the whole week. A $25 Etsy gift card will be awarded to the top point-earner winner each week. Return to this page weekly for the new link!
My name is Leija, I'm a sophomore at Tufts studying American Studies and Science Technology and Society. For the past few months, I've been working on an exciting project around environmental justice and public policy that I am thrilled to share with you.
This year, as an organizer at the Center for Health, Environment and Justice (CHEJ) in Washington, D.C., I am leading a campaign to reinstate the Polluters Pay Tax, which makes sure big companies are held accountable for their pollution. Right now, money for cleaning up toxic waste is coming out of taxpayer pockets (ours!) and it's completely unacceptable.
The United States is the largest polluter in history, and corporate America is responsible. I am tired of getting screwed over by corporate interests – in trying to take care of our environment, in working minimum wage jobs to get through college, and in striving to unite across race and class to fight for our futures. We have a unique opportunity right now to get the new administration to take action on the Polluters Pay Tax, a concrete step that can put the Green New Deal visions in action. We can actually win.
We are meeting with legislators soon, so one of the most important things we can do at this moment is get a ton of names on a petition to show energy aroudn this effort. Thank you for your support and if you have a moment to help hold corporate America accountable, add your name!
Sustainability Resources to Learn More
The Game Changers 2018 documentary film about the benefits of plant-based eating for athletes.
Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret is a 2014 documentary film which explores the impact of animal agriculture on the environment, and investigates the policies of a few environmental organizations on this issue.
David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet is a 2020 documentary film through which Attenborough shares first-hand his concern for the current state of the planet due to humanity's impact on nature and his hopes for the future.
Chasing Coral is a 2017 American documentary film about a team of divers, scientists and photographers around the world who document the disappearance of coral reefs.
Our Planet is a British nature documentary series made for Netflix.
Okja is a 2017 action-adventure film directed by Bong Joon-ho and written by Bong and Jon Ronson, the film is about a young girl who raises a genetically modified "super pig".
Before the Flood is a 2016 documentary film about climate change.
Rotten is an investigative documentary series produced by Zero Point Zero, focusing on corruption in the global food supply chain.
Down to Earth with Zac Efron is a web documentary series that was released on Netflix on July 10, 2020.It stars Zac Efron and Darin Olien and focuses on themes of travel, life experience, nature, green energy and sustainable living practices.
The Biggest Little Farm is a 2018 American documentary film. The film profiles the life of Chester and Molly as they acquire and establish themselves on Apricot Lane Farms in Moorpark, California.
I Am Greta is a 2020 internationally co-produced documentary film directed by Nathan Grossman, following climate change activist Greta Thunberg.
Planet Earth II is a 2016 British nature documentary series produced by the BBC as a sequel to Planet Earth, which was broadcast in 2006.
Dark Waters is a 2019 American legal thriller film directed by Todd Haynes and written by Mario Correa and Matthew Michael Carnahan. The story dramatizes Robert Bilott's case against the chemical manufacturing corporation DuPont after they contaminated a town with unregulated chemicals.
Earth Month Reading List
Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer,
The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis by Tom Rivett-Carnac and Christiana Figueres
This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein
Weather by Jennifer Offill
The End of Nature by Bill McKibben
A Terrible Thing to Waste by Harriet A. Washington
Toxic Communities: Environmental Racism, Industrial Pollution, and Residential Mobility by Dorceta Taylor
Spring is here and what better way to get around sustainably than by bike? Whether you're just beginning your biking journey or are a seasoned cyclist, we have biking resources for you. May is Bike Month, so April is the best time to get read to ride!