Earth Day 2020

Peter M. Wege Lecture & Earth Day 2020: Rise Up For the Environment

Event Date: 
Thursday, March 12, 2020,
5:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Location: 

Hill Auditorium

Dear Wege Lecture and Earth Day 2020: Rise Up for the Environment attendees, out of an abundance of caution and in accordance with guidance from public health officials, we will be canceling all in-person aspects of the Wege Lecture & Earth Day 2020 that were scheduled at Hill Auditorium tomorrow night. At this time, we must make the health and safety of all in our community a top priority. Our commitment to climate action is unwavering, and we are working to bring back many of the speakers at a later date. We will keep you posted as more information becomes available on future plans.

The Peter M. Wege Lecture & Earth Day 2020: Rise Up for the Environment double-event is part of the university & community-wide commemoration of Earth Day’s 50th anniversary—when U-M and Ann Arbor held the nation’s first “Environmental Teach-In” in 1970.

The annual Wege event brings environmentalist Philippe Cousteau, Jr. to the Hill Auditorium stage. Inspired by his grandfather, Jacques Cousteau, Philippe is a multi-Emmy-Nominated TV host, producer, author, and social entrepreneur. His conservation efforts, focused on solving global social and environmental problems, led him to found EarthEcho International—an organization dedicated to inspiring youth to act now for a sustainable planet.

Rise Up for the Environment Rally: Musical performances and dynamic sustainability and environmental justice leaders will inspire audiences to “Rise Up for the Environment" and take action on the greatest challenges of our time.


Earth Day 2020 Rise Up Speaker & Performer Highlights:

Naomi Klein

Naomi Klein

New York Times best-selling author and journalist; filmmaker and activist

  Mustafa Santiago Ali

Mustafa Santiago Ali

National Wildlife Federation’s Vice President of Environmental Justice, Climate, and Community Revitalization; founding member of the EPA’s Office of Environmental Justice

Abdul El-Sayed

Abdul El-Sayed

Physician, epidemiologist, public health expert, and progressive activist; Chair at Southpaw Michigan

  Mari Copeny: “Little Miss Flint”

Mari Copeny: “Little Miss Flint”

Youth activist best known for raising awareness about Flint's ongoing water crisis and fundraising to support underprivileged children in her community and across the country

Patrick Harlin

Patrick Harlin

Composer

  Andy Levin

Andy Levin

U.S. Representative for Michigan’s 9th District

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez

Earth Guardians Youth Director

  Bryan Newland

Bryan Newland

President of the Bay Mill Indian Community Executive Council

David Pitawanakwat

David Pitawanakwat

Indigenious Community Activist, JD Candidate

  Heather McTeer Toney

Heather McTeer Toney

First African-American, first female and youngest mayor of Greenville, MS; National Director, Moms Clean Air Force

This event is free and open to the public, but is expected to be filled at capacity. Please note there is a single ticket for the Wege Lecture and the Earth Day 2020 event.

University Co-Sponsors: University of Michigan College of Engineering, Office of Research, Office of the Vice President for Communications, Office of the President, Office of the Provost, Erb Institute, School of Public Health, Institute for Social Research, Ford School of Public Policy, Biosciences Initiative, and College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

Community Co-Sponsors & Planning Partners: The Ecology Center, Michigan Climate Action Network, National Wildlife Federation, Michigan League of Conservation Voters, and the City of Ann Arbor

Contact person(s): 
Amy Novak amynov@umich.edu