UC Merced currently does not have campus chapter of the UC GNDC or a coalition parter that we work closely with. Despite this, Merced has many climate related events and avenues to get involved (see below)—OR, if you want to start a UC GNDC chapter at UCM, or your environmental organization wants to get involved with us, please get in touch, we’d be more than happy to help and support you (ucgreennewdeal@gmail.com)!

Contact: UCM Professor of Literature Katie Brokaw (kbrokaw@ucmerced.edu)

Earth Day 2022 Events:

  1. UC Merced’s Shakespeare in Yosemite plans to perform in Yosemite during our usual Earth Day slot: this year that’s April 22 (in Merced) and April 22-24 (in Yosemite). As usual, the show is heavily adapted to be ecological (and political!): this year’s production of Love’s Labour’s Lost is in honor of the 52nd anniversary of Earth Day (it was meant to be performed in 2020 for the 50th). We show it during the weekend when admission to Yosemite is free, and we pick up thousands of audience members.  We plan to make it into a free YouTube film, too, as we did in 2021 with our environmental justice-themed Imogen in the Wild. This collaboration between UCM and the National Park Service dates from 2017.  Follow on social media (@yosemiteshakes)!
  1. In addition, three English professors are teaching courses on literature/arts and environmental justice this Spring, and are teaming up with our students to create quite a lot of eco-art in the coming months, which will culminate in a festival at the end of the semester, soon after Earth Day. 
  1. April 15th, 9:00 am  in ACS 120: Sustainability Update on campus plans and initiatives 
  1. We are hosted indigenous environmental justice activist Nakárori for an “Earth Month” talk on April 4th, on Zoom: https://ucmerced.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMscOirqz0qEtKNDPddV5y4f_8q342fYwe2 
  1. The Center for Humanities is planning a virtual concert for Earth Day. And UCM hosts the new UC Center for Climate Justice!