Student Group Spotlight: emPOWER, the Brown Concert for Climate Action, and RYSE

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This Friday, emPower, Brown’s umbrella environmental organization, will be hosting the Brown Concert for Climate Action to raise awareness about climate change and its consequences. emPOWER has teamed up with Know Tomorrow, a national campaign partnering with over 50 colleges across the country and started by Brown alum Wendy Abrams ’87. The concert will feature activist Kerry Kennedy ’81 P’17, the beloved What Cheer? Brigade, Voces Verdes- Latino Leadership, Young Hummus, Sons of ProvidenceSebastián ()tero ’18, a video message from Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, and more!

On Saturday, emPOWER will be hosting the Rhode Island Youth Summit on the Environment (RYSE) which will bring high school and college students from across Rhode Island together to foster debate around the current state of the environmental movement and according to the RYSE Facebook event description “challenge our common perceptions of environmental issues.” The RYSE keynote speech will be delivered by Voces Verdes- Latino Leadership in Action. You can also check out a comprehensive list of Saturday’s RYSE events and register here.

Blog connected with emPOWER’s Executive Director Camila Bustos ’16 to learn more about these two events.

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This week is Earth Week!

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Spring is finally in the air–the sun’s out, the Main Green is actually green, and people are talking about the great weather we’ve been having instead of living in perpetual fear of more snow. Basically, it’s time to get outside and celebrate the wonderful planet we inhabit.

In that spirit, Brown’s annual Earth Week is happening from April 20th to April 26th. The week is jam-packed with a ton of fun and exciting events, so make sure to check them out! The full schedule for the week is below:

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There are so many events happening that everyone (even you!) has an opportunity to take some time to give back to our planet. And, of course, outside of the events, this week provides the perfect backdrop for taking the initiative to be more eco-friendly. Whether it’s going on the Blackstone Bike Ride, taking a shorter shower, or going to the Earth Day Dinner, join campus by getting in the green spirit and celebrating Earth Week 2015!

Images via Paul Wojtal.


Free compost buckets on the Main Green today

Tomorrow, SCRAP will hold a compost bucket giveaway on the Main Green from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

SCRAP is a member of emPOWER, Brown’s umbrella association of environmental student groups. In 2009, several undergraduates started SCRAP to encourage the University and its students to adopt good composting practices.

The group plans to give away around 60 buckets to students this afternoon. To save the buckets from fates as secondary trashcans (a possibility that may keep members of SCRAP up late at night), representatives from the group will be available to discuss the benefits and challenges of composting. Willing participants will also have the option of playing a pretend teach-me-how-to-compost game to prepare for the real thing.

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Students protest at White House over proposed pipeline

Jason Hu is a member of EmPower.

Brunonia went to Washington this past weekend, as students from the Rhode Island Student Climate Coalition (RISCC) participated in protests at the White House against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

The pipeline is set to bring tar sands from Canada down to Texas, Hannah LeBourgeois ’15 said, and opponents have criticized it as a setback in environmental sustainability as well as independence from fossil fuels. Go here to learn more about the proposed pipeline.

RISCC—which includes schools throughout Rhode Island, and whose Brown chapter is a member of EmPower—had collected student signatures on a large canvas which it carried at Washington.

Images courtesy Lolly Lim ’12 and Jacqueline Ho ’14.