50th Anniversary of Earth Day, Vote the Earth


Center for Earth Ethics at Union Theological Seminary and Kent State University’s Wick Poetry Center launch “Vote the Earth,” an interactive online poetry project connecting place and voice.

October 29, 2020 New York, NY / Kent, OH The Center for Earth Ethics at Union Theological Seminary and the Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University are launching Vote the Earth (www.vote.earthstanzas.com), an interactive poetry project connecting place and voice.

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. As the election approaches, we invite you to help inspire voters to put their love for the Earth behind the power of their vote – to #VotefortheEarth!

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 3rd, we offer this platform to map the creative voices of the Earth and ask your networks to help us spread the word.

Full Link: www.vote.earthstanzas.com 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. The Wick Poetry Center, in Kent State University’s College of Arts & 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. For more information please contact: David Hassler, Director, Wick Poetry Center: dhassle1@kent.edu, 330.221.9913 Shannon Smith, Communications Manager CEE: ssmith@centerforearthethics.org 212.280.1425