"FREAK WEEK," Villanovan. Vol. 45. No. 24, April 8, 1970.
Events and activities of the week expanded beyond Philadelphia as Villanova University hosted activities for Earth Week. Concerns of the day for Villanova community was population and urban congestion, air pollution, ocean pollution, transportation safety, and nuclear power. Notable figures like Paul R. Ehrlich, Ralph Nader, and Allen Ginsberg spoke on campus during the week. Concurrent to the national discourse around the environmental issues, Villanova proposed introducing an environmental program to the College of Arts and Sciences.
The issue includes a special spring issue regarding Earth Week on campus. Includes campus and local schedules, local environmental hotlines, excerpts from The Population Bomb, by Paul R. Ehrlich, interviews, and articles about the environmental issues of the day.
Over the years, Earth Day has emerged as annual event on campus with lectures, live music, food, games, and collaboration with student groups to raise awareness about environmental issues. Events have been organized by Villanova Environmental Group (VEG) since the 1980s, which still exists today.
Images from the Climate Strike March 15th, 2019.
The climate strike on campus was just one among many occurring across over seventy countries on March 15th, 2019. The climate strike was inspired by the call to action by Greta Thunberg, who has been recently nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for her climate activism. Participants in the University’s strike gathered for a peaceful demonstration at the Oreo, with their own homemade signs and large banners were available to for everyone to write on. The demonstration started with student speakers Gracie Stagliano and Yvonne Nguyen followed by a group march to the office of University President Rev. Peter M. Donohue, O.S.A., Ph.D. to present him with two demands:
1. Move the University’s carbon-neutral pledge date up to 2030
2. Enter into a power purchase agreement for renewable energy by 2020
NovaStories: Climate Strike Interview
The audio recording is a short interview with the organizers Caroline Stagliano, Maeve Kavanagh, and Corina Scott discussing organizing the climate strike. Includes background information detailed by Thomas Dorrance, '21.
Climate Strike Interview
Recorded April 24th, 2019
#MAKENOVANEUTRAL poster used during the demonstration.
Curated by Beaudry Rae Allen, Preservation & Digital Archivist
Published April 2020
For more information check out our Villanova Digital Library or contact the University Archives.
A special thank you to Dr. Whitney Martinko for reaching out to the archives asking about Villanova's participation with Earth Week and Luisa Cywinski, Director of Access Services, for the discovery of the 1970 Earth Week schedule.