Welcome back REthinkers! Hope we all had a great break and are ready to finish the semester off strong. Below are this week’s updates:
World Water Celebration (March 29th and 30th)
Every year the United Nations designates a day as World Water Day. What better school to celebrate this day than UW-Madison, located between two lakes? Come see speakers and presentations about a variety of Wisconsin and Dane County water topics. This year’s celebration is twice the fun as it spans two days. See below for information about both events! This event is free and open to the public.
Tuesday at 7:00pm:
Go to Union South (TITU) to hear Professor John Magnuson speak on how Climate Change will effect Wiscons lakes, including the freezing time of our own Lake Mendota.
Wednesday at 7:00pm:
Go to Union South (TITU) to see a series of 10-minute presentations from exceptional Wisconsin water experts
Climate Change Symposium (March 31st and April 1st)
Want to know more about the science of climate change and how it will affect Wisconsin or your life? This symposium is a great place to start! This year’s symposium will feature multiple distinguished lecturers from our university and school’s around the country. See the Nelson Institute’s website for details on each speaker, time and location: here
REthink Spring Stuff Swap (April 1)
It is time for our second stuff swap of the year. This is the perfect place to get that new spring look, and to donate last years! The event will run from 2-5pm and we will need REthink members for volunteer shifts from 1:30-5:30 for setup and clean up. Please share our event and invite your friends, so we can get the word out to as many people as possible. Click here for the event page and spread the love.
DON’T FORGET TO VOTE
Many historical environmental actions were signed into law because voters deeply cared about environmental ideals. Now in the face of climate change and a divided national congress/state legislature, voting is more important than ever before. Your vote is especially crucial in local and state-wide elections where fewer voters head to the polls- and considering Wisconsin has recently cut funding to the DNR, banned talk of climate change on the floor, etc. and new proposed legislation is threatening Wisconsin groundwater and wetlands… This is your chance to have a say in what happens to the Wisconsin environment. Your ballot on April 5th is more than just a presidential primary, take the time to learn about your candidates for the Wisconsin Supreme Court, school district and judge positions before you hit the booths! From out of state? No problem, see info here about how to get a voter ID on campus: https://vote.wisc.edu/ So grab a friend, your family, or your latest fling and please take the time on April 5th to get out to the polls- because your voice does matter!
Earth Week (April 16-24th)
Start freeing up your calendars because this year’s Earth Week is going to be bigger and include more organizations than ever before! We are currently working on putting together the complete schedule to share with the public, but events range from speakers, to compost parties and more. So tell your friends, your coworkers, and even your mother, because it is time to get excited people!
After all this hard work, we deserve a celebration. Another potluck bonfire on picnic point is in the works. Stay tuned for a doodle poll to pick a day that you would like to socialize with us!