Campuses Mobilize to Demand Action on Sustainability
Earth Day Network and Partners Launch MobilizeU to
Galvanize Campus Activism
WASHINGTON - Scores of college and university campuses from
across the world launched an initiative today to implement
sustainable change at their institutions and demand
international environmental leadership. As international
action to address climate change and other environmental
issues remains stalled, MobilizeU, a
project of Earth Day Network, seeks to amplify campus
sustainability efforts and activism to new levels
In recent years, there has been growing interest in
sustainability-related programs and innovations on college
and university campuses. As a result, MobilizeU is not only
a movement of youth calling for global environmental
change, but an international competition between colleges
and universities that encourages students to engage their
campus communities in four weeks of environmental activism
surrounding Earth Day 2012 and beyond.
"In the face of inaction by international leaders, college
campuses are once again rising up - like they did on the
first Earth Day in 1970 - and demonstrating that
environmental protection and sustainable change are
possible," said Kathleen Rogers, president of Earth Day
Network. "MobilizeU seeks to empower this new generation of
leaders and provide them with the support needed to achieve
their collective aims worldwide."
From March 29 to April 29, 2012, student participants will
mobilize their campuses to generate as many "acts of green"
as possible by organizing activities like registering new
youth voters, reducing their institutions' greenhouse gas
emissions, holding student demonstrations and educating
their communities at Earth Day events.
Every act of green will contribute to Earth Day
Network's global A Billion Acts of Green® initiative, a
call to action that will be presented to world leaders at
the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable
Development in June, 2012. Students will also be actively
encouraging their college administrations to adopt and
implement the American
College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment and
the Billion Dollar Green
Challenge - two high-visibility, multi-million dollar
commitments already involving hundreds of campuses.
To implement the MobilizeU campaign, Earth Day Network is
partnering with the American Association of State Colleges
and Universities, the United Nations Environment
Programme-TUNZA, Second Nature, the Association for the
Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE),
Earth Island Institute, Mobilize.org, iMatter, SustainUS,
and Recyclemania, among others.
"College students have long been at the forefront of the
environmental movement," said Carra Cheslin, MobilizeU
coordinator at Earth Day Network. "Now, with MobilizeU,
students across six continents - from Cornell University to
the University of South Africa - will have a significant
platform to amplify their demands for sustainability both
on campus and on the international level."
The list of participating schools is growing and already
includes Dartmouth College, Cornell University, Vanderbilt
University, Gettysburg College, Macalester College, Drexel
University, James Madison University and the University of
Michigan. Internationally, schools such as the University
of South Africa, Universidad Belgrano, University of
Split/University of Zagreb, and Griffith University in
Australia, have signed up.
To learn more about MobilizeU, including how to sign up as
a student coordinator, visit the project's website
More information about A Billion Acts of Green® can be
found here: act.earthday.org.
Earth Day Network mobilizes over one billion people in 192
countries through year-round advocacy, education, public
policy and consumer campaigns to protect the environment.