Fifty years ago, U-M held the nation’s first “Environmental Teach-In”, which drew more than 15,000 participants. It served as a model for the events of the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970. Today, concerns about our environment are more urgent than ever. Earth Day at 50 is a special year dedicated to bringing the U-M campus and community partners together to explore the impact we are currently making on sustainability and how we can rise to the challenge of creating a better future for our planet.
Planned highlights include: Earthfest, an LSA Theme Semester, and featured speakers and topics at the Wege Lecture, the culminating Earth Day teach-in and other major university events.
Environmental Action for Survival: The History and Legacies of U-M's 1970 Teach-In on the EnvironmentMarch 11, 2020
Dana Building 1040
Six leaders from ENACT and the national Earth Day planing committee will hold a panel discussion that honors the rich history of U-M’s Teach-In on the Environment.RSVP
March 12, 2020 | 5:30 PM
A special double event commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day and looking towards the future.
The event kicks off with the Peter M. Wege Lecture presenting environmentalist Philippe Cousteau Jr.. This multi-Emmy-nominated TV host, environmentalist, author and social entrepreneur is the …Reserve Free Seats
U-M has a longstanding commitment to the environment and sustainability in education, research, operations, and engagement. It is vital that we continue to explore and implement new solutions to address these challenges from every angle.
From the first forestry class to creating a model for the first Earth Day and developing the first academic program in environmental justice, the U-M community has a long history of being pioneers in the field.
The work of these passionate leaders has laid a bold foundation that is now inspiring the next generation.