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Earth Day 50 at UW-Green Bay


Earth Week Photo Challenge

Earth Week Photo Challenge

Shared images with #uwgbearthweek were entered to win a prize pack


April 20, 2020  - The Human Element documentary screening and discussion. The film details the lives of Americans as they start to see the impacts of climate change seep into their everyday lives.

April 21, 2020 - held a virtual lunchtime event on Tuesday, April 21 entitled “Earth Day: the Next 50 Years.”
The program ran from noon to 1 p.m. Headlining the hour-long discussion was Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, chair of the Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change, and state Rep. Mike Kuglitsch, R-New Berlin, chair of the Assembly Committee on Energy and Utilities, and a member of the task force.

April 21, 2020 - Labor and Clean Energy Forum. UW-Green Bay Democracy and Justice Studies professor Jon Shelton and Jesse Michalski, a Project Manager for Eland Electric and a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers,  discussed the cross-sections of organized labor and Wisconsin’s future clean energy landscape.

April 22, 2020 -The Intersections of Environmental and Reproductive Justice with Planned Parenthood, explore environmental and reproductive justice at the intersections with a panel of national and statewide experts and activists.

April 22, 2020 Earth Day Virtual Events - Celebrate Earth Day!​ - See a list of all the events for UW-Green Bay below.

April 23, 2020 - Clean Energy Toolkit For Activists. Walk through our recently released Clean Energy Toolkit and teach you how to start your own clean energy campaign.

April 24, 2020 - Youth Climate Panel. Young people are leading the way in the global fight against climate change. The Youth Climate Panel talked on what young leaders from across Wisconsin are doing in their communities for climate justice. Panel members included; Claire Westlund, Clean Energy Fellow with Wisconsin Conservation Voters, Emi Lopez, Environmental Justice Fellow with Wisconsin Conservation Voters, Tressa Lange, Environmental Geography and American Indian Studies major at UW-Eau Claire and president of the Inter-Tribal Student Council, Brandon Byrne, President of Roundriver Alliance, and Mae Sommerfeld, UW-Green Bay student and co-author of UW-Green Bay's clean energy resolution.

Volunteer for the Garden Blitz -  The Green Bay Garden Blitz empowers residents to grow food and be part of a sustainable urban agricultural system. We provide a comprehensive approach to urban agriculture by selling and installing raised bed gardens at a low cost and by providing education and mentorship for gardeners. 

#StrikeAtHome Event (all week):
We are encouraging everyone to show solidarity in the fight for major action on global climate change. Make a sign (whether it be physical or virtual) with your friends and family, and share it online with the hashtags #StrikeAtHome and #WCVEarthWeek ( is a great platform for making virtual posters)

To celebrate Earth Day 2020 we invited you to share why you are a conservation voter.  Whether it's a favorite Wisconsin state park, a nature photo, poem, quote, video, or anything that reminds you why conservation efforts are now more important than ever.  Posts were sent to say why Earth Day is important using the hashtags,  #IAmAConservationVoterBecause #WCVEarthWeek, #EarthDay2020, #EarthDayLive, #WisconsinConservationVoters​

Search the Web - Plant a Tree:  Users have planted more than 90 million trees!

Watch a film - When the Earth Moves

Earth Day Videos from Faculty and Guest Speakers

 2020 Earth Day Virtual Events - Celebrate Earth Day!

  • Event:  Historical Perspectives on Earth Day Panel Discussion.  What was it like at "Eco U" during the first Earth Day? How has Earth Day fit into the environmental movement and progress?  What about the next 50 years of Earth Day?  
  • Dr. H.J. "Bud" Harris, Emeritus Professor of Biology and Environmental Science at UW-Green Bay and 2020 Wisconsin Academy Fellow (, Dr. Robert Wenger, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics and Environmental Science at UW-Green Bay and long-time collaborator with the School of the Environment at Beijing Normal University, Dr. Michael Kraft, Emeritus Professor of Political Science and Public and Environmental Affairs at UW-Green Bay and U.S. environmental policy expert, Dr. John Stoll, is Professor of Economics and Public and Environmental Affairs at UW-Green Bay and was a student at UW-Green Bay during the time of the first Earth Day.  He studies environmental economics and was co-founder of EMBI. and Dr. Kevin Fermanich, Professor of Environmental Science and Water Science at UW-Green Bay and soil and water resources Extension Specialist, Moderator.   
       Event Link: Historical Perspectives Panel 
  • Event: A Virtual Nature Walk with Dr. Georjeanna Wilson-Doenges​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
  • Event: "Earth Talks" with ​Dr. Michael Draney, Dr. Vicki Medland, Dr. David Voelker, and Bill Davis
    • Dr. Michael Draney, “My life with Earth Day” - I was 2 ½ years old during the first Earth Day in 1970 so Earth Day and I have gone through life together. I want to reflect on how it’s doing as we enter our fifth decade together.
    • Dr. Vicki Medland, “Is nature slipping away? ” - Earth Day was in part a response to an environment that the organizers no longer recognized. Today, we are shocked by what seems to be a sudden and massive loss of biodiversity and natural landscapes. Why do we not notice these massive changes to our environment?  
    • Dr. David Voelker, “Earth Day 2020 in Perspective” - How can we understand the 50th Earth Day and the environmental movement that it helped launch in historical perspective, and in light of the Covid-19 pandemic?
    • Bill Davis, “A New Water Agenda for Wisconsin” - What would a system look like that could achieve our human health and ecology goal regarding water?
    • Dr. Kevin Fermanich, Moderator 
      Event Link: Earth Talks Panel
  • Brief Biographies: Dr. Michael Draney is Professor of Biology and Chair of the Department of Natural & Applied Sciences at the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay. Dr. Vicki Medland is the Associate Director of the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity at the University of Green Bay and teaches courses related to environmental science and sustainability. ​Dr. David Voelker is a Professor of Humanities & History at the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay. He teaches courses in environmental history and humanities, and he is the program coordinator for the 2020 Common CAHSS conference, which will focus on the theme “Beyond Sustainability.” Bill Davis is currently the Senior Legal Analyst for the River Alliance of Wisconsin. He has worked in the environmental movement since 1987. He has an undergraduate degree in Wildlife Ecology and a law degree both from the University of Wisconsin.  He has served as the Executive Director of three environmental advocacy organizations: Wisconsin's Environmental Decade (now Clean Wisconsin), Citizens for a Better Environment, and the State Environmental leadership program. 
  • Event:   Sustainability in Action - What are you doing? - Guest speakers include: Dr. Kevin Fermanich, Ericka Bloch, Dr. Vicki Medland, and John Arendt

Educational Resources for Earth Day 50:

Film ‘When the Earth Moves’ featuring Tia Nelson, the daughter of Gaylord Nelson, the Founder of Earth Day.  It’s a call to recapture the youth-focused movement of 50 years ago to improve our environment now. Be inspired.
UWGB Earth Day 1995 - 25 Years  
Earth Day Memories
Shop for Eco-Friendly Products
A look back on the history of UWGB/Earth Day from UW-Green Bay Archives and Area Research Center