Re:wild Your Campus: Supporting Health, Biodiversity, and Climate

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EcoJustice RadioThe organization Re:wild Your Campus empowers students to convert university campuses and schools to organic land care across the continent and they are succeeding. Listen to Rose Williamson and Sheina Crystal of Re:wild Your Campus as they share their aims to continue until toxic herbicides have been eliminated at every school on this continent. 

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Rewild Your Campus

Re:wild Your Campus Empowers Students to Convert Schools to Organic Land Care

Synthetic herbicides often contain carcinogenic glyphosate and are used largely to eradicate weeds for aesthetic purposes on college campuses and school grounds. Institutions such as these are notorious for utilizing chemicals that have been linked to a host of diseases including: non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Parkinson’s, asthma, depression, anxiety, ADHD, cancer and leukemia. These deleterious health impacts can be avoided or prevented by implementing and exploring organic options and regenerative land care that promotes the health of groundskeepers, students, faculty, and the community at large. Prioritizing aesthetics over health promotion by using synthetic herbicides comes at the expense of student and community health.

Regenerative design can create landscapes that support ecosystem health, biodiversity and a balanced climate vs. aesthetics and ornamentalism, which necessitates the use of toxic inputs for maintenance. The organization Re:wild Your Campus empowers students to convert campuses and schools to organic land care across the continent and they are succeeding. The entire University of California system has banned the use of glyphosate, and herbicides have been banned by all public schools in Hawai’i. Join Rose Williamson and Sheina Crystal of Re:wild Your Campus as they share their aims to continue until toxic herbicides have been eliminated at every school on this continent.

Rose Williamson graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a degree in International Relations and Economics in 2021. While in school, she led an Herbicide-Free campaign at LMU, working with the grounds crew to develop an organic space on campus and passing student resolutions for organic land management. At Re:wild Your Campus, she serves as the Development Specialist and Curriculum Manager in order to further the campaign through new initiatives and strategies.

Sheina Crystal graduated from UC Santa Barbara with degrees in Environmental Studies and Sociology and while there, she worked with groundskeepers and restoration management as she advocated for the reduction of herbicide use on campus. She also worked with the non profits Food and Water Action and Beyond Pesticides to fight against environmental toxins. As Director of Communications and Campaigns at Re:wild Your Campus, Sheina supports campus fellows as they advocate to make their university grounds safer and healthier spaces for all living beings.

Carry Kim, Co-Host of EcoJustice Radio. An advocate for ecosystem restoration, indigenous lifeways, and a new humanity born of connection and compassion, she is a long-time volunteer for SoCal350, member of Ecosystem Restoration Camps, and a co-founder of the Soil Sponge Collective, a grassroots community organization dedicated to big and small scale regeneration of Mother Earth.

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Hosted by Carry Kim
Intro by Jessica Aldridge
Engineer and Original Music: Blake Quake Beats
Executive Producer: Jack Eidt
Episode 151

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About Jack Eidt

Novelist, urban theorist and designer, and environmental journalist, Jack Eidt careens down human-nature's all consuming one-way highway to its inevitable conclusion -- Wilder Utopia. He co-founded Wild Heritage Partners, based out of Los Angeles, California. He can be reached at jack (dot) eidt (at) wilderutopia (dot) com. Follow him on Twitter @WilderUtopia and @JackEidt