Critical to sustainability work is spreading the word to organizations and populations outside of current sustainability enthusiasts. SACA (Student Advocates for Climate Awareness) raises student awareness around environmental justice and intersectionality through a series of event collaborations with other clubs and ongoing awareness projects such as creating signage, to break the sustainability echo chamber on campus.
Past Collaborations and Events
May 14, 2021 - Andover Political Union on A Just Transition
SACA hosted an Andover Political Union where the PASC, PA Republican Society, PA Dems, and PA Youth Democratic Socialists sat down to discuss the prompt: How should we handle the just transition of jobs from the nonrenewable to the renewable energy industry?
May 12, 2021 - The Neuroscience of Climate Change
A joint discussion about the detrimental impact global warming has on brain health and productivity, as well as the role social and cognitive neuroscience and psychology play in people’s decision-making processes to better understand the reasons behind inaction towards the climate crisis.
Apr 2, 2021 - Andrea Chung: An Exploration of Art and Environmental Racism
SACA collborated with the Addison Ambassadors to co-host a speaker event with San Diego-based artist Andrea Chung, whose work sheds light on environmental justice in the Caribbean, including the ways in which the history of sugar production and consumption are linked to a history of colonization, with lasting impacts on environmental issues. The Addison Museum of Art features Andrea’s installation of The Westerlies: Prevailing the Winds as part of the exhibition Wayfinding: Contemporary Artists, Critical Dialogues, and the Sidney R. Knafel Map Collection.
Feb 2021 - The Climate Column
The Abbot Inkwell, the Brace Center’s online newspaper and SACA was planning to establish a recurring column focused on the intersections of climate change and gender to bring light to the nuanced ways in which climate change affects our lives in connection with our identities. As climate change worsens, its environmental repercussions disproportionately affect women, transgender, non-binary, and queer people. This collaboration between the Brace Center and SACA would provide information, reflections, opinions, and a spur to action for the connected issues of climate and gender justice. Through personal narratives, film, artwork, or anything else, students would demonstrate the importance and complexity of the relationship between the climate crisis and gender identity.
Jan 2021 - Climate Change and Business
A joint discussion with Andover Business Club on how climate change intersects with business and the private sector.
Dec 9, 2020 - Climate Change and Health
A presentation and discussion about how climate change exacerbates water, soil, and air qualities and thus public health. The discussion also touches upon issues environmental justice brought about by the disproportionate health impacts on disadvantaged communities.
Oct 2020 - Oral History Project
The Oral History Project (OHP) has been established by the PA History Association and PASC with the aim of making heard the voices of students and faculty members at Phillips Academy and enabling them to share their perspectives on the COVID-19 pandemic through Zoom interviews. Through studying the roots and causes of the pandemic, students established connections between history and sustainability.