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POSTPONED-Peter M. Wege Lecture & Earth Day 2020: Rise Up For the Environment
March 12 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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
New York Times best-selling author and journalist; filmmaker and activist
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
Physician, epidemiologist, public health expert, and progressive activist; Chair at Southpaw Michigan
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
U.S. Representative for Michigan’s 9th District
Earth Guardians Youth Director
President of the Bay Mill Indian Community Executive Council
Indigenious Community Activist, JD Candidate
Heather McTeer Toney
First African-American, first female and youngest mayor of Greenville, MS; National Director, Moms Clean Air Force