Marine Science Graduate Student Organization (MSGSO)

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Earth Week Events

April 20th
Eco Eats:
12 - 1:00 pm


Talks by:
Kayla Besong
Rumya Sundaram

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Pure Barre
5 - 6 pm
Free workout
hosted by
Ashley Cook!

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April 21st
Eco Eats:
12 - 1:00 pm 
Reducing Your Carbon Footprint

Talks by:
Mike Connelly
Giovanni Penagos

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Make & Meditate
6 - 7 pm
Eco-crafting with wellness techniques
Sara Purdue

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April 22nd
Eco Eats:
12 - 1:00 pm  The Food

Talks by:
Colleen Brown
With Activity!

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Sustainability Panel
5 - 7 pm
Learn sustainability perspectives from
local leaders!

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April 23rd
Eco Eats:
12 - 1:00 pm  Diversity and the Environment

Talks by:
AJ Hudson
Theresa Pinto

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Earth Week
7 - 10 pm
Kurt Hansen

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April 24th
Eco Eats:
12 - 1:00 pm
Climate Change
and Policy

Talks by:
Greg Koman
Nadia Seeteram

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Sip & Share 
7 - 10 pm
The Trials & Tribulations
of Sustainability
ACTIVITY: How sustainable is your drink?
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To attend a talk or event, you will need to download Zoom, a free remote conferencing platform. When it is time for the event, simply click on the link and you will be all set!

The Eco-Eats series are daily lunch talks from 12-1 pm, each with a different theme, where students and members of the community provide informative talks relating to sustainability-based topics.

Sustainability Panel hosting:

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  • Monday

    Eco-Eats – Sustainability   12:00 - 1:00 pm
    Meeting ID: 398 098 432

    Climate Change and Sustainability, the Opportunity

    By Kayla Besong –3rd graduate student, Rosenstiel School, Department of Atmospheric Sciences and Chair of the Sustainability Initiative, Marine Science Graduate Student Organization (MSGSO)
    20-25 minutes

    An intersection of where science meets sustainability and how, as scientists, we can utilize sustainability to bridge the gap between climate and society.

    Sustainability and Community Awareness

    By Rumya Sundaram – UM PhD Student Ecosystem Science and Policy, Key Biscayne Community Foundation
    20-25 minutes

    Environmental education and sustainability are increasingly important areas of knowledge for communities. Learning and teaching this information is paramount to maintaining a viable, ecologically friendly society.

    Pure Barre Free Workout   5:00 – 6:00 pm
    Meeting ID: 122 297 680

    By Ashley Cook – Pure Barre, Coral Gables
    Rosenstiel School Alumna, (MPS 2017, Marine Mammal Conservation)
    50 minutes
    No equipment needed, mat suggested

    Pure Barre is a low impact, high-intensity technique that focuses on strengthening and lengthening all major muscle groups of the body. At the study, we utilize a ballet barre and other equipment to provide a highly efficient full-body workout. The driving concept behind the technique is to work major muscle groups to fatigue without impact and couple sections of work with stretching to gain strength and flexibility.

  • Tuesday

    Eco-Eats – Reducing Your Carbon Footprint   12:00 - 1:00 pm
    Meeting ID: 540 766 446

    The Forgotten R: Navigating the Second Hand Market

    By: Giovanni Penagos- Former Florida State Park Ranger (FDEP)
    10-15 minutes

    We will be discussing the different ways to achieve a more sustainable lifestyle by reshaping our purchasing habits. Talking points include:

    -Examining the importance of REUSE in Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle
    -Highlighting the need for conscious consumerism
    -Outlining the impact on our environmental footprint

    The focus of this presentation is to introduce the use of common online platforms to achieve these goals.

    Pros and cons of bicycle commuting in Miami: fitness, health, and sustainability

    By Michael Connelly – 4th year graduate student, Rosenstiel School, Department of Marine Biology and Ecology
    10-15 minutes

    In this talk I will review all of the essential resources for people interested in taking up bicycle commuting as a means of sustainable transportation in Miami, including safety recommendations, route options, bicycle maintenance, and community resources. Miami is one of the most vibrant cities in the U.S. for bicyclists, however this opportunity is limited by a lack of safe bicycling infrastructure and overabundance of cars and distracted drivers, resulting in a dangerous combination that often scares new cyclists away from beginning a commuting lifestyle. Nevertheless, bicycling remains one of the healthiest and sustainable modes of transportation with clear benefits for riders' physical fitness and mental health, not to mention reductions in carbon footprint and air pollution as a result of moving away from car-centric transit modes. A discussion about best practices for safe bicycling habits and corresponding safe streets movements in Miami-Dade County will follow the brief presentation.

    Make & Meditate: Creating an earth friendly, recycled t-shirt tote bag!
    6:00 - 7:00 pm
    Meeting ID: 720 702 027

    By Sara Purdue – 3rd graduate student, Rosenstiel School, Department of Atmospheric Sciences

    Have an old t-shirt (or maybe 2 or 3) that doesn't fit anymore, or has some wear and tear, but can't bring yourself to throw it out? Never fear! Make and Meditate is here! We'll be showing you how to take that old graphic tee and give it new life as a produce or tote (or whatever else you want to put in it/call it) bag! We will cover two different techniques; the first is incredibly beginner friendly, and BOTH are no-sew techniques, so no need to worry about having the necessary materials! If you've got an old shirt and scissors, you've got all you need. For anyone feeling a little adventurous, the second bag involves finger crocheting and making your own t-shirt yarn! (Great for that giant pile of t-shirts we should really have gotten rid of, but man I just have a lot of good... memories... with that... college t-shirt from... ya' know that one event that I definitely remember... and went to... Definitely didn't just grab the free shirt and run, NOPE!)

    Come learn an eco-friendly craft, find a new activity to keep your hands busy that's WAY cheaper than buying Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and talk about dealing with anxiety and other mental health issues while self-isolating!

    Hope to (virtually) see you there!

    Materials needed:
    old t-shirt(s)
    scissors (whatever kind but preferably fabric scissors or a sharp pair, it just makes cutting the fabric easier)

  • Wednesday – 50th Earth Day!

    Eco-Eats -- Food   12:00 - 1:00 pm
    Meeting ID: 383 969 723

    Conscious Consumption: How to Help the Planet with Your Diet

    By Colleen Brown – 1st graduate student, Rosenstiel School, Marine Geosciences
    20-30 minutes

    Every dollar spent at the grocery store casts a vote in support of that product and has a string attached down the food production line. The path our food takes to get on the table is rarely shown on the package. Some food industries take advantage of the unknown and have exploited ecosystems and vulnerable communities. Many case studies on concentrated animal farming operations (CAFOs) have shown the harmful impacts of large scale production in ecosystems and communities that cannot handle the outputs of industry. In this talk we will explore a scientific study on CAFO pollution, how to identify sustainably produced food, and the positive outcomes of making conscious choices that nourish our earth and diet.

    ACTIVITY: Conscious Cupboards, It's time to clean-out and green out your pantry!

    By Colleen Brown – 1st graduate student, Rosenstiel School, Marine Geosciences
    15 minutes

    With a lot of our time spent at home now and spring cleaning amongst us, it's time to raid(sweep) your pantry! Grab your kids, parents, and friends to green-out and clean-out your pantry. We will be identifying the food items in your kitchen that are sustainable and those that fail the sustainability test and how to make them green. Join us for a fun and educational spring cleaning!

    Sustainability Panel   5:00 - 7:00 pm
    Meeting ID: 879 112 125

    This panel hopes to highlight how notable members of our local community define sustainability and use tools such as science, communication, art, and business to facilitate this definition on various scales.

    See Sustainability Panel hosting

  • Thursday

    Eco-Eats – Diversity and the Environment   12:00 - 1:00 pm
    Meeting ID: 710 291 950

    Whose Earth is it? Environmental Justice & Cultural Awareness Workshop

    By AJ Hudson – UM PhD Student Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy Ph.D. Student, U-Link Predoctoral Fellow
    20-25 minutes

    What does racism or classism have to do with your work? What does it mean to be an apolitical or neutral actor within science? How do we handle our own complicity as academics? Why are personal responsibility environmental solutions harmful not just for marginalized communities-- but for all of us? Tune in for a conversation on these questions and others, as we chat about the problematic roots of sustainability and our collective role in building a new and more inclusive environmental story together. Depending on timing and technology constraints, this may also include a short lecture on Climate Justice and the Just Transition Framework.

    Intersectional Policymaking as an Upstream Solution to Environmental Injustice

    By Theresa Pinto –Adjunct Lecturer Ecosystem Science and Policy, UM Law Clerk, Miami Homes for All Lay Advocate, Wage Theft Advocacy Project
    20-25 minutes

    The role of law, science, and policymakers in ensuring a clean and healthy environment for all.

    Earth Week Bingo   7:00 - 10:00 pm
    Meeting ID: 594 664 045

    By Kurt Hansen – 4th year graduate student, Rosenstiel School, Department of Atmospheric Sciences

  • Friday

    Eco-Eats – Climate Change & Policy   12:00 - 1:00 pm
    Meeting ID: 973 825 299

    Unlocking the most powerful solution against Climate Crisis

    By Greg Koman – 4th year graduate student, Rosenstiel School, Department of Meteorology and Physical Oceanography
    20-25 minutes

    While small individual changes - like recycling, eating less meat and using public transportation - can help reduce our carbon footprint, our society's increasing use of greenhouse gases continues to accelerate the Climate Crisis. Until we reduce, and eventually discontinue, our use of fossil fuels this crisis will not be resolved. This presentation will show how putting a price on carbon and returning all the money to citizens is the most effective solution to the problem. In fact, there is currently a carbon pricing bill in Congress (The Energy Innovation Act) with 80 cosponsors that would singlehandedly do our country's part to keep the planet well under 2C while also increasing income for the majority of Americans. Please come to my talk to learn more!

    The Past is Present: Implications of Miami's history on an Impending Climate Future

    By Nadia Seeteram – FIU dept. of Earth and Environment
    20-25 minutes

    Sea level rise (SLR) is increasing extreme sea level events, including high-tide and storm-associated floods, which can drive migration and displacement of populations within coastal communities. With a population of 2.7 million people and estimates up to $400 billion in total value of assets exposed to flooding, Miami-Dade County (MDC) is exceptionally vulnerable to SLR. Population movement inland away from SLR risk or planned climate resilience projects in high elevation areas may have unintended consequences such as climate gentrification. Socially and economically vulnerable communities in MDC may be displaced from higher-elevation, low-risk areas or become trapped in place in areas most susceptible to flooding. Increasingly, policymaking and societal dialogues are prioritizing the evaluation of who benefits from climate resilience and adaptation projects to examine if these benefits differ across segments of the population. In order to think through what the future of climate change holds for Miami and its 2.7 million residents, we must first examine its past and its implication on climate resilience policy.

    Sip & Share: The Trials and Tribulations of Sustainability
    7:00 - 10:00 pm
    Meeting ID: 470 196 279

    Come ready to share and listen to your sustainability DIY ‘fails’. Nailed it? Probably not, so let’s drink to that!