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Earth Day 2020 & the 18th Peter M. Wege Lecture


Thursday, March 12, 2020
5:30 p.m.– 8:00 p.m. EDT


Hill Auditorium
825 N University Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
United States


Amy Novak

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED due to the coronavirus state of emergency.

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 held the nation’s first “Environmental Teach-In” in 1970. The Wege event brings environmentalist Philippe Cousteau, to the stage. Inspired by his grandfather, Jacques Cousteau, he is a multi-Emmy-Nominated TV host, producer, author, and social entrepreneur.

Reserve your free seats now!

Earth Day 2020 features musical performances, and dynamic sustainability and environmental justice leaders to inspire audiences to rise up to the environmental challenges of our time and take action.

Here are some of the speaker and performer highlights:

  • 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
  • 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
  • Abdul El-Sayed: physician, epidemiologist, public health expert, and progressive activist; Chair at Southpaw Michigan
  • Naomi Klein: New York Times best-selling author and journalist; filmmaker and activist
  • Andy Levin: U.S. Representative for Michigan’s 9th District
  • Xiuhtezcatl Martinez: Earth Guardians Youth Director
  • Bryan Newland: president of the Bay Mill Indian Community Executive Council
  • David Pitawanakwat: Indigenious activist
  • 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! Get your all-inclusive ticket (for both the Wege Lecture and the Earth Day 2020 event) at the University of Michigan event site now!


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