Nick’s OVER proposal:
“Free the Planet is the largest and oldest student environmental activist group on campus at the University of Pittsburgh. After campaigning for years, this year University administrators finally gave us a Student Office of Sustainability for us to host events in and raise awareness on campus about issues ranging from recycling to mountaintop removal and the evils of single-use plastic water bottles. Resource consumption is always a concern to us in the student group and having copies of Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot would help us in our mission to raise awareness of carless consumption. We share the office with other student environmental groups including Take Back the Tap, Students for Sustainability, the Pitt GreenFund, the Fair Food Co-operative, and the Fossil Free Pitt Coalition — all of whom would also benefit from the book. We’ve launched campaigns to reduce single-use plastic bag consumption on campus, to ban single-use water bottles, and to get paperless receipts on campus. Last week we held a reuse fair to encourage students to reconsider what “waste” is and how one man’s old water bottle can be one woman’s basil planter.
Other than incorporating the books into our growing in-office library, copies of the book would be a great visual aid when tabling around campus for recruitment and education and could be used in our next reuse fair (and any other of the handful of events we host on campus each year such as our annual screening and discussion of the “Story of Stuff” film). And of course we would be more than willing to promote the book via social media (twitter: @PittFTP) and incorporate it into any media advisories we send out about events we host on campus. Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions for how we could promote the book. We are trying to incorporate more visual, artistic elements into our awareness and education campaigns and I think your book would really complement that.”
There are many ways to participate! Together, we can raise awareness and bring about change.