Even though we’re reaching the end of the semester, SEAC has a few more great events coming up.
On Wednesday from 3-7 pm, the International Justice Mission, is holding an Alternative Gift Fair in the Sadler Center, where organizations – including SEAC – will be selling socially and environmentally friendly gifts for the holiday season.
On Satuday, SEAC is hosting eco-band Wes Swing, who will be playing on campus that afternoon. Wes Swing is a folk band currently raising funds to buy a touring van powered by biodiesel. If that isn’t enough to convince you to see the show, here’s a stop-motion music video of their song, Sleeping Moon:
Oaks and Acorns, a training program to provide mentorship to new members and improve SEAC’s retention, is getting off the ground at the start of next semester, facilitated by Jamie and Sara. New members will have the option of joining a “tree” as an acorn, paired with a mentor Oak as well as a whole family of support. We hope that Oaks and Acorns will plug new folks into the SEAC experience in a personalized way.
The Surry Campaign has seen some interesting developments in the past few weeks, with the fight against the coal plant moving from the state permitting level back to the level of local zoning following a successful lawsuit by citizens of Surry County. The Campaign will stay in touch over winter break to keep up with these developments.
We closed out the semester with a review of SEAC’s mission statement, and an open-ended discussion about the role we envision our organization having in the larger environmental movement. If you’ve been around this semester, you’ll know that this was a fitting end to a semester of philosophical questioning and organizational soul-searching. Hopefully, we will be able to implement what we learned about our organization and ourselves as we start a new semester. May the Captain be with you:
Last week, SEAC had a discussion that was both sobering and illuminating. We felt as if we were losing momentum as an organization, as if the energy to start and sustain new projects was absent, as if the spark of creative energy that keeps us innovating as activists had sputtered just a little bit. Nothing serious; we’re still active as an organization. It was just a nagging feeling that maybe we’re not active in all the ways that we could be. While talking about this problem as a group, it became apparent that there was varying interest in sitting around and discussing our direction as an organization, and that maybe big SEAC meetings weren’t the most effective place to hold such discussions. What to do?
From these questions, a new campaign, SEACSPACE, was born. From the description on the website, “SEACSPACE is a place to bring your thoughts, concerns, and ideas. All of these impulses, positive and negative, are forms of energy. By facilitating a space to talk about anything and everything, we hope to channel that energy into creative projects that might never be born if we fall too deeply into the rut of thinking that environmental issues can be sorted into five campaigns. We hope to provide an undercurrent of creative energy, new ideas, and fresh perspectives that can be applied to revitalize both our organization and the movements we represent.
SEACSPACE can be summarized as a campaign of creation. Whether you want to create visual or performance art, or to create new philosophical frameworks for exploring environmental issues, SEACSPACE is for you. Most importantly, we want to create a sense of community and support, so that our organization is as strong and capable as the people in it.”
SEACSPACE is a place to figure out those questions of “Where our organization is, and where is it headed” It’s a place to discuss ideas, and to foster new projects and campaigns. It’s a place to think about environmental activism and how we can be more effective in achieving our goals. It’s also a place to provide support for each other as activists. We’re excited to see where this campaign goes!
The SEAC office will now be open on Thursday nights from 7:00-10:00, for anyone to come and talk or create. Hope to see you there!