Claremont Colleges Students Sponsor "Earth Day 2 May Day," Ten Days of Environmental Awareness

The Claremont Colleges Eco Club sponsors Earth Day 2 May Day, a 10-day series of speakers and events intended to explore the relationship between environmental, social justice, labor and human rights issues. The events, scheduled from April 22 May 1, include lectures by guest speakers Damu Smith and Kevin Danaher, and a press conference and rally at Chevron's El Segundo Refinery.

At 12:15 on Wednesday, April 26, Damu Smith, Executive Director of Greenpeace's Toxics Campaign, will speak at Claremont McKenna College's Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum. Smith's lecture will focus on issues of environmental and social justice and their relevance to the Toxics Campaign.

At 1:00 on Sunday, April 30, the Eco Club will hold a press conference and rally at the Chevron refinery in El Segundo. The rally is part of a nationwide Chevron accountability campaign, calling for the gas company to be as environmentally responsible as their advertising portrays them to be.

The Claremont Colleges Eco Club is a student-run organization of students from Claremont McKenna, Scripps, Harvey Mudd, Pomona and Pitzer Colleges that focuses attention on local and national environmental issues. Earlier this month, 30 Eco Club members flew to Washington, D.C. to take part in the protests against the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

All events are free and open to the public. The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum is located at 385 East Eighth Street, at the intersection of Eighth and Amherst Streets in Claremont. Seating is limited and available on a first-come basis only. Interviews with Smith may be arranged by calling Athenaeum director Bonnie Snortum at (909) 621-8245. To interview Eco Club president Billy Grayson, or for information about the rally at the Chevron refinery in El Segundo, contact him at (909) 607-7245.

Claremont McKenna College is a highly selective, independent liberal arts college, educating leaders in business and public affairs. CMC enrolls 1,000 students and is a member of The Claremont Colleges.