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Union: Share The Earth

SHARE THE EARTH is a series of earth-friendly events that takes place in the UWM Union during the academic year. All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.

(Other campus events listed below - don't miss all the great stuff happening during Earth Week!)

Fall Events for 2014

The Share the Earth Environmental  Film Series Presents...

Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch 

Wed. September 10

7pm-Union Theatre

(Angela Sun, USA, 59min, Digital Video, 2013)

EVERY single piece of plastic that has ever been created since the 19th century is still SOMEWHERE on our planet. So if it never goes away, where does it go? Scientists, researchers, influencers, and volunteers shed light on the effects of our rabid plastic consumption and show how the problem is more insidious than we could have ever imagined.

After the film stick around to take the 2 week pledge to say no to single use plastic and make your very own reusable shopping bag out of t-shirts! 

The Share the Earth Environmental Film Series Presents...
American Meat 
Wed. October 8
7pm-Union Theatre

(Graham Meriweather, USA, 85 min, Digital Video, 2013)

American Meat weaves together the voices of farmers in a dynamic portrayal of the past and promise of American Agriculture. Exploring both the conventional models of commercial agriculture and the alternative model used at Polyface Farms, the film provides an accessible view of farmers, chefs, and everyday consumers and focuses on the central question: can sustainable agriculture feed America? 

Share the Earth and Studio Arts and Craft Centre presents...

Artist Fair and Farmer's Market!

Tues. October 14

9am-5pm- Union Concourse 

(The Farmer's stands will be open from 11:30am-2pm)

Visit the Union to find a great selection of local produce and handmade crafts. While you are there you can enjoy a lunch time performance by UWM's own acoustic guitarist Macyn Taylor '11 and '14! 

See Macyn in action below! 

Share the Earth and UWM Office of Sustainability presents...

Field Trip to Growing Power!

Sat. October 18

2-5pm- Union/Growing Power

Join us on a field trip to the nationally recognized leader in Urban Farming...Growing Power! Enjoy a guided tour through their headquarters right here in Milwaukee. Learn about community farming- how it works and how it can benefit us all! 

We will meet at the Union Concourse at 1:30pm. We have space for 30 students so please come prepared with your ID!

For more information on Growing Power please visit their website!

To sign up for the field trip contact Laura Mintel ( 


Share the Earth in conjunction with the LGBT Film and Video Festival Presents...

Goodbye Gauley Mountain!

Wed. October 22

7pm- Union Theatre


(Beth Stephens, with Annie Sprinkle, US, 70min., 2013)

The true tale of art professor Beth Stephens and her partner, feminist porn star Annie Sprinkle, who join forces with environmental activists in a quest to save the Appalachian Mountains, waters, skies, and animals from the coal industry’s corporate greed and devastating ecological disregard. Beth was born and raised in West Virginia, in the bosom of Gauley Mountain, which is under siege by mountain top removal (MTR) coal mining. This eco-documentary chronicles these activists’ fight for environmental justice, a struggle whose tactics include queer art making practices, sexy fun, and other surprising (and most serious) strategies. For instance, and crucially: Beth and Annie have a wedding to marry the mountains, in a performance art platform of a ceremony where they vow to take the Earth as their lover. Goodbye Gauley Mountain raises awareness about the devastation of MTR while celebrating the Earth in all its sensuous, ecosexual glory.

CAMPUS PARTNER: UWM Center for 21st Century Studies;

More information on the film:

More information on the Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival here:


Share the Earth presents...

Organic Pancake Breakfast- Campus Sustainability Day!

Thurs. October 23

7:30-10am- Union Ballroom 

Join us for a delicious and energizing pancake breakfast made from locally grown, organic ingredients! The perfect way to stop your stomach from growling in class. FREE for UWM students with ID; $3 for all others. What a deal!

This event is part of Campus Sustainability Day. To learn more about sustainability on UWM's campus please visit the website for the Office of Sustainability! 

The Share the Earth Environmental Film Series, Military and Veteran's Resource Center (MAVRC), and Student Veterans of America Presents...

Ground Operations: Battlefields to Farmfields!

Wed. November 12

7pm- Union Theatre

(Dulanie Ellis, USA, 41 min, Digital Video, 2012)

Our veterans are looking for new challenging careers at the same time that the USDA is calling for one million new farmers and ranchers in the next ten years. Citizens are clamoring for access to more affordable, locally grown, fresh food in their communities. The Cavalry coming over the hill is the Marines, Navy, Army, Air Force and National Guard! 

Please join us for a post-screening guided discussion faciliated by veteran and farmer Ryans Walters!

This event is co-sponsored by the Military and Veteran's Resource Center (MAVRC) and Student Veterans of America (SVA). To learn more about MAVRC and their upcoming events please visit their website

For more information about the film and the Veterans to Farmer movement please visit

Share the Earth and Studio Arts and Craft Centre presents....

Holiday Fair Trade Market!

Wed. December 3

9am-5pm- Union Concourse 

Join us on the Concourse to find beautiful and unique handcrafted fair trade items. Perfect for Holiday shopping! Learn how you can support the Fair Trade mission and find international items in your own backyard! Visit over the lunch hours and you can experience a fair trade chocolate tasting by Milwaukee's own Tabal Chocolate!

For more information on the Fair Trade mission please visit


The Share the Earth Environmental Film Series Presents...

Night Moves!

Wed. December 10

7pm-Union Theatre 

(Kelly Reichardt, USA, 120min, Digital Video, 2014)

Three environmentalists' homegrown plot to blow up a controversial dam unravels into a journey of doubt, paranoia and unintended consequences. As organic farmer Josh, high society dropout Dena and ex-Marine Harmon plan, carry out and then witness the fallout of an attention-grabbing act of sabotage, they find their own personal limits tested. Featuring Jesse Eisenburg and Dakota Fanning. 

Here are some helpful links to connect you with more opportunities to explore environmental events on campus:

Office of Sustainability:

University Recreation Outdoor Pursuits:

For more information regarding Share the Earth programming please contact Laura Mintel ( Graduate Program Assistant.

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