The Claremont Colleges, UCLA, USC, UC Irvine to put on diverse events to celebrate National Campus Day of Action on October 2 demanding action on climate change
Claremont, Calif. (September 18, 2015) – Students at The Claremont Colleges are adding their voices to Know Tomorrow, a nationwide effort on more than 50 university campuses that will unite and amplify thousands of students, activists, politicians, and celebrities across the country demanding climate action. As part of the effort on campus, students at each campus will be putting on diverse events as part of a National Campus Day of Action on Oct. 2.
Claremont Activity Fair & Speakers Panel
At the Claremont Colleges, Know Tomorrow activities will include a fun, festive and informative activity fair at Pomona College’s Walker Beach (700 N. College Way) from noon to 3 p.m. followed by an evening of speakers panels starting at 4 p.m. at Rose Hills Theatre (lower level of Smith Campus Center, 170 E. Sixth Street).
The activity fair will include 30+ environmentally affiliated organizations – including Citizen’s Climate Lobby, NRDC, Sierra Club, Ben & Jerry’s, Oregon Climate, Robert Redford Conservancy, Sustainable Claremont, Ian Somerhalder Foundation and Bureo Skateboards – that are coming together to spread their messages and collaborate around climate change.
Speakers in the Know Tomorrow panels will include: Brinda Sarathy, director, The Robert Redford Conservancy at Pitzer College; William Powers, author of New Slow City; Annie Goeke, co-founder of the Earth Rights Institute; Devon Hartman, executive director of the Claremont Energy Challenge; Bill Patzert, climateologist at NASA Jet Propulsion Lab; Camila Thorndike, executive director for Oregon Climate; Branwen Williams, climatologist and Keck Science professor; and Katie Davis, Climate Reality Project speaker.
“Now is the time to create a movement driven by young people. Decades from now, they will be able to look back with a sense of achievement (and relief) and see their results,” said Pomona College President David Oxtoby.
National Know Tomorrow Effort
KNOW TOMORROW not only has the support of students, professors, faculty, and activists, but celebrities have weighed in to lend their support as well. Shepard Fairey is designing campus posters, and musical artists – including Common, My Morning Jacket, and Train – appeared in a video to promote the campaign. Environmental leaders such as Al Gore and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. will speak on campuses, and dozens of other celebrities will lend their help via social media.
Climate Reality and Cool Globes’ partners in this effort include Defend Our Future, Earth Guardians, Farm-Aid, 350.org, Sierra Club, NRDC, Generation Progress, Live Earth, Next Gen Climate, OurTime.org, Grammy Museum, Climate Central, Participant Media, Ian Somerhalder Foundation, Attn: Media, Ben and Jerry’s, Vita Coco, Kind Bars, Climate Action Campaign, White House Council on Environmental Quality, Goldman Sachs, and the Waterkeeper Alliance.
“Support for climate action is building around the world – but we can do very little without the millennial generation,” said The Climate Reality Project President & CEO Ken Berlin. “Young people, and especially students, bring an unmatched enthusiasm to their activism – they want a say in the future of the world they will inherit. Through this new effort, we hope to empower passionate millennials with the tools they need to help solve the climate crisis.”
“It’s inspiring to see so many young people champion this cause and take ownership over the future of our planet,” said Founder of Cool Globes and Know Tomorrow Wendy Abrams. “A lot has changed over the past decade and I think we’re finally hitting a tipping point with the movement. Our kids know what climate change means and they know what tomorrow holds if they don’t take action now.”
For more information, including a list of campuses, visit www.knowtomorrow.org or follow the campaign on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
About Know Tomorrow
KNOW TOMORROW is a student-led campaign to demand action on climate change, launching with a national Day of Action on October 2nd, 2015. With students at more than 50 schools participating and dozens of environmental and corporate partners, Know Tomorrow’s mission is to empower the students to take action to create a better tomorrow.