Published: March 22, 2019

Fate of the Earth Symposium to take place April 13

Contact(s): Karessa Weir Environmental Science and Policy Program office: (517) 353-9246

The Michigan State University Environmental Science and Policy Program, or ESPP, will hold the sixth annual 2019 Fate of the Earth Symposium from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 13 at the Kellogg Center.

The symposium will feature a slate of speeches, hands-on activities, art exhibits and research presentations that allow individuals of all ages concerned about the environment to meet at the same table and discuss real world solutions to environmental problems.

The agenda includes:

  • Opening remarks from MSU President Satish Udpa 
  • Emily Holden, an environmental journalist with The Guardian, will give a broad overview of Trump rollbacks and what they mean for climate and environmental protection. 
  • Great Lakes Integrative Science and Assessment, or GLISA, outlining the impacts and adaptation of climate change in Michigan.
  • Will Lawrence, co-founder of The Sunrise Movement, will explain the concepts behind “The Green New Deal” and how young people are tackling environmental issues. 
  • A discussion on the 2019-2022 Environmental Roadmap’s plan for addressing Michigan’s top environmental and public health challenges with Michigan Environmental Council. 

In between speeches, ESPP is hosting a dozen workshops throughout the day on a wide variety of topics including:

  • “Toxins in the Water: PFAs in Michigan”
  • “Networking for Environmental Professionals”
  • “Understanding your Carbon Footprint”
  • “Environmental Connections Through Yoga”
  • “MSU’s Path Toward Sustainability”

Students from regional schools will be displaying their environmental art work, while undergraduate and graduate researchers will compete for cash prizes with their environmental science and policy research posters. 

The event is free and open to the public. Registration for the event can be found here.

For a complete event schedule click here.