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Earth Charter Community Summit 2021: Climate Action in Wisconsin


The Earth Charter is an international declaration that provides shared values for building a just, sustainable, and peaceful global society. It is based in four guiding principles: Respect and Care for the Community of Life, Ecological Integrity, Social and Economic Justice, and Democracy, Nonviolence, and Peace. UW Oshkosh became a signatory of the Earth Charter in 2001, and each year we celebrate our commitment to its values with series of events.

At SIRT we think it is especially important to reassert our commitment to the Earth Charter at this time. We face significant challenges as a university community, as a nation, and as individuals, and we are reminded daily of the links between environmental issues, social and economic injustice, and health and well-being. The Earth Charter Community Summit can remind us of what we stand for, the common values we hold as UW Oshkosh community members, and why we keep working together to make this world a better place in the face of such challenges. We hope you will enjoy the menu of events we have put together in that spirit.                  

InterTribal Student Council Land Acknowledgement:


2021 Earth Charter
Keynote Speaker:

Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes

A panel of UWO faculty, staff, and students and Lt. Gov. Barnes, leader of the WI Climate Change Task Force, will discuss the challenges and possible responses to climate change in Wisconsin. Come learn about how climate change is affecting our state and what leaders and citizens can do about

Calendar Of Events

Saturday, October 2

Prairie Walk
9:00 – 11:00 AM​

Fond du Lac campus

Come learn about the beauty of prairies! Grab your coffee and join us at 9:00 AM for a casual, yet informative, walk through the Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum on the UW Oshkosh, Fond du Lac campus. Guides will discuss and identify the native prairie plants and their importance, as well as point out pollinators, birds and other animals on the walk.

Directions: Use Hwy 23/Johnson Street to get to the Fond du Lac campus. Enter on University Drive, go past Campus Drive, and park in the East Lot on your right near the Prairie Shelter.


Tuesday, October 5

Earth Charter Keynote
Climate Change and Wisconsin: A Discussion with Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes
5:00 – 6:00 PM

A panel of UWO faculty, staff, and students and Lt. Gov. Barnes, leader of the WI Climate Change Task Force, will discuss the challenges and possible responses to climate change in Wisconsin. Come learn about how climate change is affecting our state and what leaders and citizens can do about it.

Culver Family Welcome Center


Wednesday, October 6
Sustainability Showcase and Open House
3:00 – 5:00 PM

Learn about what is happening at UWO for sustainability and how you can get involved with research, clubs and orgs, academic programs, volunteering, and more! This will be an informal event where participants will have the opportunity to chat with the program representatives that are present.

First floor of Sage Hall


Thursday, October 7
UWO Climate Rally
1:00 – 4:00 PM

Come be inspired! Eight local and regional climate activists will speak about climate action in Wisconsin, including Oshkosh Common Council Member, Michael Ford and a keynote from Oshkosh Mayor, Lori Palmeri. Local environmental clubs and organizations will provide informational tables. Learn how others are combating climate change in our area and find out how you can get involved.

Lawn of Culver Family Welcome Center