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‘Vote the Earth’ Invites You to Use Poetry to Protect the Places You Love

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Vote the Earth’s interactive map connects poetry, people, and the places they love.

The Center for Earth Ethics at Union Theological Seminary and the Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University are launching Vote the Earth, an interactive poetry project connecting place and voice. As the election approaches, the centers invite you to help inspire voters to put their love for the Earth behind the power of their vote — to #VotefortheEarth!

Expanding on the Earth Stanzas community poem project launched in honor of 50th anniversary of Earth Day, Vote the Earth draws on the inspiration of George Ella Lyons’ poem “Where I Am From,” and invites visitors to view the short videos and poems on the map and to share their own poetic voice.

In a time when wildfires burn out west, tropical storms flood the Gulf Coast, and we remain in the grips of a global pandemic, many of us seek the healing experiences offered to us by the land. There is no more important time to come together for the climate, ethics, voting and justice. Let’s make our vote count for the places we love — to consider the question of positionality through an ecological lens, giving poetic voice to our forests and our watersheds, invoking their political agency through Ecological Citizenship.

In the lead-up to the U.S. elections on November 3, Vote the Earth maps the creative voices of the Earth and ask your networks to help us spread the word.

The Center for Earth Ethics is a forum for education, public discourse and movement building that draws on faith and wisdom traditions to address our ecological crisis and its root causes at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. It is an affiliate of the Earth Institute at Columbia University.

The Wick Poetry Center, in Kent State University’s College of Arts and Sciences, is home to the award-winning Traveling Stanzas project, and is one of the premier university poetry centers in the country. It is a national leader for the range, quality, and innovative outreach in the community.

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Recent record-breaking heat waves have affected communities across the world. The Extreme Heat Workshop will bring together researchers and practitioners to advance the state of knowledge, identify community needs, and develop a framework for evaluating risks with a focus on climate justice. Register by June 15

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