Pace Hearts the Earth

Earth Month is upon us! For the next few weeks, the Pulse will highlight the upcoming week’s Earth Month events. This week, from climate change and capitalism to a forum on fracking, we hope you’ll be inclined to ask yourselves, WTF?

This week, in Earth Month:

Here’s To You, Mr. Robinson…
On April 2, join University Professor for the Environment Nicholas A. Robinson for a discussion about the history of the Earth Charter and its relevance in today’s complex world. Finalized in 2000, the Earth Charter is a set of ethical principles intended to help us develop a sustainable society in the 21st century. Classes and all are welcome to attend. To RSVP, e-mail

Reduce and Reuse!
smartwater may be smart, but that bottle you’re carrying around isn’t. On April 4, ENV140 students will promote using reusable bottles instead of plastic throwaways. Reusable bottles will be given away so help the environment and get a free gift.

Shakespeare Sustainable? Frost Green?
While Earth Day became official in 1970, it’s been celebrated by poets from ancient China to Elizabethan and 19th Century England to modern America.  Poetry has been evergreen long before the world talked of being green—celebrated in the lyrics and narratives of Li-Po and Shakespeare; Anne Bradstreet and Emily Dickinson; Frost and Millay. On April 4, Pace celebrates our good, green earth with good, green poems.  Poet Ira Joe Fisher, author of Songs From An Earlier Century, Some Holy Weight in the Village Air, and Remembering Rew, will share his own poems and those of others. For more information, e-mail

Is it Hot in Here?
On April 5, Professor of Economics and Environmental Studies Ghassan Karam will talk climate change and capitalism, leading a discussion about a paradigm shift and illustrating how a meaningful solution for climate change is not possible under the current system.

Living Simply, Living Sustainably
So much of what we do today ends in excessive waste. The implications are many including pollution, habitat destruction, species extinction, and the depletion of resources.  In our complex world, where we are major consumers, we exist in a disposable society. Why not consider a change?  Is it possible to simplify our lives? Join Professor Angelo Spillo on April 9 for a presentation on some simple lifestyle changes that can improve our lives and reduce our footprint.  RSVP to

Are pro-fracking and no-fracking our only options? Must fracking have adverse environmental consequences? On April 9, join faculty and recognized experts in a multi-campus discussion on the controversies surrounding hydrofracking in New York. Navigate the science, economics, regulations, ethics, and environmental consequences at WTF? (What the Frac?) A Pace Community Forum on Hydraulic Fracturing. The forum will help advance critical thinking of natural gas extraction policies in the U.S., while addressing key questions about the role of a university in such highly controversial issues. How can these timely, yet fast-moving and complex environmental challenges be used as a learning experience for students? Co-sponsored by the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies, Project Pericles, Pace Energy and Climate Center, and the Pace Institute for Environmental and Regional Studies. RSVP online at

For more info on Earth Month events, click here. And make sure to stay tuned here as we’ll highlight a week’s worth of activities every week through the end of Earth Month!