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  • Be Inspired Call OBAMA TODAY!!!

    Posted on October 30th, 2009 chris No comments

    Call or write to the President:

    The White House
    1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
    Washington, DC 20500
    Please include your e-mail address
    Phone Numbers

    Comments: 202-456-1111
    Switchboard: 202-456-1414
    FAX: 202-456-2461

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact

    Tell President Obama that he needs to attend the Copenhagen Climate talks this December and to make sure they pass a bold treaty.

  • OUr Earth News 10/23/09

    Posted on October 23rd, 2009 chris No comments
    International Day of Climate Action THIS SATURDAY

    For 20 years the world has managed to do very little about the greatest problem it’s ever faced. In three days time, you can help change that–and if you step up you’re going to have a lot of company!


    It looks like the International Day of Climate Action this Saturday October 24th will be the single most widespread day of political action the planet has ever seen–we’re closing in on 170 nations, and more than 4,000 rallies and events. There is an event happening right here in Norman on the corner of Sante Fe and Main Street (next to Native Roots)  Link to Event. The event will take place from 10 AM to 12 PM.

    There will be a Bike Decorating Contest and Ride so come with a decked out bike this saturday.  We will also have prizes.  Asia Scudder will also be doing a discussion about climate change and the looming water crisis.  We will also be taking a group photo and on Monday 350.org will be showing photos from across the world in Times Square in New York City.  This is a huge movement happening around the world and here in Norman we have a chance to take a part in this world wide movement.

    People in all those cities and towns all around the world will be saying the same thing: science tells us that we can’t have more than 350 parts per million CO2 in the atmosphere if we want a planet like the one we were born onto. That sounds complicated, but it isn’t–350 is the bottom line for the earth.

    President Obama is scheduled to give a major climate speech on Friday, and the Senate is set to hold hearings on its global warming bill on Tuesday 1. This will be one of the last best chances to make the support for much stronger efforts unmistakably loud and clear. Our efforts this weekend will be doing double duty–helping with the fight in Copenhagen and also on Capitol Hill.

    Facilitating African Rehabilitation

    Matt Mead, President of FAR has requested a partnership with OUr Earth in supporting their end of the semester book drive through Better Well Books.  FAR will be collecting books during the end of the semester to donate to Better Well Books to help with literacy around the world, especially in Africa.

    Better World Books collects and sells books online to fund literacy initiatives worldwide. With more than two million new and used titles in stock, they are a self-sustaining, triple-bottom-line company that creates social, economic and environmental value for all our stakeholders.

    For more information please contact matt.mead@ou.edu.
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    Important Dates:

    ~ OUr Earth Meeting Wednesday, November 4, 2009 in Gaylord Hall 2030
    ~  NFT Handmade Expression talk November 16, 2009 6 PM to 8 PM Sam Noble Museum

    Community Garden

    OUr Earth is currently looking for an entergetic student that would be interested in leading our community garden committee. This is a new idea that students would like to pursue and get started.  If you are interested in this please let Chris Applegate know at tagyourit@ou.edu.

    This is a really exciting idea that we would like to get organized and get some logistics worked out so that we can continue to move forward with this idea.
    Norman Fair Trade Events

    Norman Fair Trade will be hosting Gas-Free Friday on October 23, 3009 in two locations. One of the locations will be Cafe Plaid from 8 AM to 11 AM and the second locations will be at Native Roots from 9 AM to 11 AM.  Norman Fair Trade will be offering free Fair Trade coffee courtesy of Elemental Coffee Roasters and Primacafe.  I hope you can grab your bike that day and enjoy the beautiful weather and some free Fair Trade coffee.


    Monday, November 16, 2009 Norman Fair Trade and the Department of Geography are bringing Manish Gupta founder of Handmade Expression to the Sam Noble Museum to talk about his business and what Fair Trade has meant in his business.  The event will start at 6 PM with an involvement fair with the following
    organizations:

    OUr Earth
    Student Organization for Fair Trade (SOFT)
    Norman Sustainability Network
    Physical Plant

    I hope you can mark your calendars for this amazing event and we will be needing people to volunteer to help chalk and get flyers up around campus. If you have an interest please email me back at tagyourit@ou.edu.

    Crimson & Green

    If you have yet to sign up for this event please do so by going to ou.edu/green and making your commitment today.  Every student, faculty, and staff that signs up, OU will give $2 towards the recycling program to buy more recycle bins in the Spring 2010 semester. If you are interested in hearing more about this and would like someone to come and talk about it at your chapter meetings or club meetings please contact Chris Applegate at tagyourit@ou.edu

    If you are able to help volunteer for tabling on October 28, 2009 from 10 AM to 1 PM to support more Crimson & Green commitments please go to this Doodle to sign up for a time.

    ReEnergize Oklahoma

    November 21st, 2009 in the Science lab building on the University of Central Oklahoma campus

    The ReEnergize Oklahoma Summit, a statewide youth gathering on clean energy, sustainability and climate change.  A day of inspiration, learning and networking with other students from around the state.

    At the summit you’ll learn grassroots organizing skills that will help you become an even better leader on your campus and in your community.  We’ll have some of Oklahoma’s most influential experts, thinkers, and doers on energy and the environment that can answer your questions, and help you take ideas back to your campus and communities.

    With your help, the summit will lead to a better organized and energized network of Oklahoma energy and environmental organizers, activists, and advocates that can affect change on a larger scale. If you would like to attend please click on the following link.

    For more information contact Eric Pollard, 405.844.3226, ewpollard@gmail.com


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  • ReEnergize Oklahoma

    Posted on October 21st, 2009 chris No comments

    November 21st, 2009 in the Science lab building on the University of Central Oklahoma campus.

    The ReEnergize Oklahoma Summit, statewide youth gathering on clean energy, sustainability and climate change. A day of inspiration, learning and networking with other students from around the state.

    At the summit you’ll learn grassroots organizing skills that will help you become an even better leader on your campus and in your community. We’ll have some of Oklahoma’s most influential experts, thinkers, and doers on energy and the environment that can answer your questions, and help you take ideas back to your campus and communities.

    With your help, the summit will lead to a better organized and energized network of Oklahoma energy and environmental organizers, activists, and advocates that can affect change on a larger scale.

    If you would like to help or attend please sign up free of charge.

    For more information contact Eric Pollard, 405.844.3226, ewpollard@gmail.com