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  • Norman Fair Trade and OU Geography Department

    Posted on November 6th, 2009 chris No comments

    Norman Fair Trade and OU Department of Geography will host speaker Manish Gupta, founder of Handmade Expressions, at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, Monday, Nov. 16. Gupta will speak about his business, which sells Fair Trade certified products, and what Fair Trade has meant to him and Handmade Expressions.

    The event will start at 6 p.m. with an involvement fair featuring OUr Earth, Student Organization for Fair Trade, Norman Sustainability Network and the Physical Plant. For more information on Gupta and his business, visit www.handmadeexpressions.net.

  • OU Recycling facilities tour

    Posted on November 4th, 2009 chris No comments

    Please follow the link below to vote for which day would best fit for a tour of OU’s Recycling facilities.

  • OUr Earth Meeting 11/04/09

    Posted on November 3rd, 2009 chris No comments
    OUr Earth
    Campus | Community | Student Leadership | Alternative Energy | Recycling
    News 11/02/09

    OUr Earth meeting Wednesday, November 4, 2009 8 PM in Gaylord Hall 2030

    Norman Fair Trade Events

    Norman Fair Trade : 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

    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.nd the OU Geography Department will be hosting

    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 November 12, 2009 from 10 AM to 1:30 PM to support more Crimson & Green commitments please go to this Doodle to sign up for a time. We will be tabling indoors next to Crossroads. We rally want to get as many people signed up as possible.

    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
    Student Activist Network

    If you are interested in joining the Student Activist Network at OU and find out what kind of activist events are taking place around campus, join this group.
    Be sure to follow OUr Earth through all the different methods.

    RAISE YOUR VOICE | Copenhagen 2010

    Bring your voice to the world leaders at COP15 – the most important climate change conference in a decade. As nations seek an agreement to protect the world we want your views from across the spectrum. OUr Earth will be participating with 1Sky’s art campaign. We will have a bed sheet and paint to make our voice heard on Capitol Hill and around the world. We will be doing this activity at our November 18th meeting.  Make sure you are thinking of some amazing creative ideas.

    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.
    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 will be setting up a committee to begin working on this idea and move forward with it. If you are interested in this please contact Danny Terlip at willywonka@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.
    This weeks events:

    * Reproductive Rights Week: Nov. 2-6
    With a complete list of all events at:

    * Nov. 3rd: Dr. Carol Mason: House Bill 1595 as Guerrilla Legislation
    4:30-6:00pm @ Meacham Auditorium, OMU
    “Young women need to know that abortion rights and abortion access are not presents bestowed or retracted by powerful men (or women) — Presidents, Supreme Court justices, legislators, lobbyists — but freedoms won, as freedom always is, by people struggling on their own behalf.” – Katha Pollitt

    Dr. Carol Mason, Author of Killing for Life and Director of the Gender Studies Program at Oklahoma State University, will be on campus Tuesday, November 3rd to give a public lecture about anti-choice legislation in Oklahoma.

    * Nov. 5th: Mary Todd Lincoln: A Revisionist Portraiture
    10:00-11:00am @ Women’s and Gender Studies Library, 5th Floor Physical Sciences
    University of Oklahoma College of Arts and Sciences presents a free public presentation:
    Mary Todd Lincoln: A Revisionist Portraiture” by Jean Baker
    – Dr. Baker is the Bennet-Hardwood Professor of History at Goucher College. She is the author of eight books and numerous articles on politics in the years surrounding the civil war.
    – For more information or accommodations on the basis of disability, contact Ben Keppel at bkeppel@ou.edu

    * Nov. 6th: Pro-Choice Rally at the OK State Capitol!
    12:00pm-3:00pm @ Oklahoma State Capitol – South Plaza
    College students from across the state are taking a stand on Oklahoma’s newest abortion law, enacting the Statistical Abortion Reporting Act. In a response to this legislation, we are organizing a pro-choice rally at the OK State capitol to PROTEST House Bill 1595.
    The legislation, H.B 1595, is a new provision on Oklahoma abortion laws that now requires an official record and reporting system of all abortions occurring within the state. Women’s personal and private information will be posted on a public website. This law blatantly violates women’s reproductive rights and privacy.
    Check the link for more about the event.

    * Nov. 5th: Healthcare: Universal Right or Economic Disaster?
    6:00pm-9:00pm @ Dale Hall, Rm 128
    The OU Economics Club is hosting a series of brief presentations by three speakers followed by questions and a discussion with the audience. The three speakers are:
    Professor Donald Bogan, OU Law School: specializing in health law and consumer insurance legal issues
    Professor Jennifer Graves, OU Department of Economics: specializing in the economics of care for the elderly and labor economics
    Professor Steven Mattachione, OU Health Science Center: a specialist in managing healthcare facilities and systems

    * Nov. 5th: “The Age of Stupid” Screening
    7:00-8:30pm @ Wagner Hall Room 235
    Come watch “The Age of Stupid” put on by the Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity for National Service Week. This year’s theme is the environment so we’re showing a film about climate change. To see the trailer for it, just follow this link:

    There will be free fair trade/organic snacks!!!
    Invite all your friend and people from other organizations!

    * Nov. 5th: OU College Republicans Tea Party
    6pm-7pm @ The Norman Public Library
    – Tea and refreshments will be provided!! Attendance is free but donations will gladly be accepted, and we’ll be having a silent auction bake sale! Anyone can come as it is open to the community, this is not your typical Tea Party.
    – Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the party starts at 6 p.m.!
    – We will listen to students and speakers as conservatives come together to enjoy a cup of tea, the way our Founding Fathers intended it.
    – Tea attire is recommended.