Members of the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York City are gearing up for the nationwide general strike on May 1st. In solidarity with the hundreds of events planned all over the country, OWS supporters in NYC have planned an entire day of protests, including marches, walk-outs, and teach-ins.
Further demonstrating that Occupy Wall Street isn’t only about exposing what’s wrong with our society, but also about enlightening each other about how we can be the change we want to see in the world, the OWS Sustainability Working Group will do its part by hosting a variety of educational events throughout the day.
Here’s a sampling of May Day events you might want to attend, if you’ll be in the area!
The Climate Apocalypse, With Cookies - Let Patrick Robbins (“The Sally Field of Climate Science!” as his partner calls him) teach you the basics of the Earth’s climate system. You will learn about the El Nino system, you will learn about natural phenomena like Ekman spirals, you will learn about the Earth’s energy balance, and then you will learn how all of these beautiful systems are gonna destroy society, because of society. It’s kind of a downer. Which is why there’s cookies afterward. The lecture also showcases potential solutions—not solutions to the climate crisis, because there are none, but solutions to the problem of building a good life in a changed world. The second part of the discussion is more open-ended, and showcases the localization of agriculture, energy production and social structures as potential solutions. Think Road Warrior but with more kale.
Introduction To Permaculture Design - Winnie Wong, editor of Seismologik and an organizer for Occupy Wall Street Sustainability will facilitate this discussion on Solutions for Sustainable Urban Living. Permaculture is a philosophy of ecological design based on 3 basic principles: People Care. Planet Care. Resource Share. Drawing from several disciplines including organic farming, sustainable development and applied ecology, Urban Permaculture Design can help to solve many of the challenges that cities with large urban populations face in the 21st century. When she isn’t busy editing submissions from awesome people like Bill McKibben, or speaking at Green Festivals and Sustainability Conferences around the country, Wong can be found making seed balls or short films.
The Free University of NYC – College tuition rates and student loan debt got you down? Never fear. On May 1, a coalition of students and faculty from Brooklyn College, Columbia University, the CUNY Graduate Center, Eugene Lang College, Hunter College, New School for Social Research, New York University, the Occupy University, and Princeton University are collaborating to produce a “collective educational experiment” from 10am to 3pm.
The Free University will intervene in a dysfunctional, inequitable, and inaccessible system and will offer instead education that is open, free, and accessible to all. It is a strike against all forms of oppression and the perpetuation of class, racial, and gender inequalities within the contemporary universities. It is a strike which demands an educational system that actually serves the public’s needs and desires. All are invited and encouraged to participate by attending a class or volunteering to lead class based on their own knowledge, skills, or experiences.
Image via Occupy Oakland