Earth Day 2015
The Real Food Challenge leverages student power to improve the purchasing practices of the college's food service providers. (more below)
Wednesday, April 22nd
All Earth Day events are free and open to the public. Parking is $2.
For questions about the Real Food Challenge contact:
Emily Dunn-Wilder (RFC campaign leader) firstname.lastname@example.org
Jesse Honiker (RFC campaign leader) email@example.com
Rachel Levy (RAD Sustainability Intern) firstname.lastname@example.org
Emily Martin (Aramark Sustainability Intern) email@example.com
Zach Fleig (former RAD Sustainability Intern) firstname.lastname@example.org
Who Are the Yes Men?
They are Bold, Audacious, International Climate Change Activists and They’re Coming to Evergreen for Earth Day April 22!
The Yes Men describe themselves as, “guys who couldn't hold down jobs until they became representatives of Exxon, Halliburton, Dow Chemical and the U.S. federal government.”
These international prankster activists will spend Earth Day at The Evergreen State College, Wednesday April 22, where they will hold an afternoon workshop and evening speaking engagement in the Longhouse.
Dubbed by author Naomi Klein as "the Jonathan Swift of the Jackass generation," The Yes Men spread the message of climate change and questionable policies by performing international hijinks.
Their serious pranks have included impersonating World Trade Organization, Dow Chemical Corporation and Bush administration spokesmen on TV and at business conferences around the world, where they have publicly apologized for the crimes of “their” employers.
According to their website, they, “do this (a) in order to demonstrate some of the mechanisms that keep bad people and ideas in power, and (b) because it's absurdly fun.” The Yes Men have gained an international cult following that also includes imitators, which they encourage.
The Yes Men will serve as an anchor for Evergreen’s 2015 Earth Day celebration on Wednesday, April 22, 2015.
The Real Food Challenge
The real food percentages are calculated by students (the RAD and Aramark paid interns) based on strict criteria determined a national team of student researchers and experts. The RFC leverages student power to pressure the three largest food service providers (1. Compass Group, 2. Sodexo, 3. Aramark) to improve their purchasing practices and transparency, thereby having a cascading effect on all aspects of the food chain, from pesticide use to farmworkers rights. It's not going to solve the giant problems facing our society, but it adds to the growing demand for change and tangibly re-directs corporate money from factory farms to local farms. It is a commitment that Evergreen is making, not Aramark, and will hold regardless of the future of our campus dining. The Real Food Challenge at Evergreen was started years ago by Sarah Rocker (former Flaming Eggplant advisor) and we are proud to be paving the way for our fellow campaigners at Western and UW to get their administration to sign!