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Polar Plunge 4 People & Planet

Polar Plunge 4 People & Planet

March 1st, 2014 at 2:00 pm

The Parliament of Reality
Fisher Center for the Performing Arts
Bard College, NY

The Center for Environmental Policy and the EUS program announce the second-annual Polar Plunge 4 People & Planet! Students, faculty, and staff jump into icy waters to raise money for scholarships and internship stipends.

Why are we plunging?

Students at the Bard Center for Environmental Policy believe that solutions to environmental challenges, such as climate change, are best tackled from an integrated perspective. We pursue coursework in science, economics, law and policy, and an internship in the field equips us with the skills necessary to create competent policy. We believe that careers in environmental policy and climate science will allow us to create sustainable change for the future. 

During the first semester of our second years, we pursue high-level internships in the fields of climate science and environmental policy, in locations around the country and the world. These internships often lead to meaningful career opportunities, and allow us to gain valuable experience and contribute to the international conversation about climate change solutions while still in grad school. 

For the second annual Polar Plunge 4 People & Planet, we will partner with the undergraduate program Environmental and Urban Studies, who will use our fundraising platform to raise money for their program as well. EUS is a transdisciplinary program that examines the interdependence of human societies and the physical environment, and it is the obvious baccalaureate partner program to the CEP's graduate degrees. 

Where are we plunging?

We are plunging into the pond surrounding the Parliament of Reality, the installation by the world-renowned artist Olafur Eliasson, in front of Bard's Fisher Center for the Performing Arts. Eliasson challenges one to question their reality by evaluating the nature of their relationship with the environment, both man-made and natural.

Reality is a world that will soon be home to 9 billion people, all aspiring to a good quality of life. Reality is a world that will heat up somewhere between 4 and 12 degrees over our student’s lifetimes. A Parliament is a place to gather to solve problems.

Join us on Saturday, March 1st at 2pm to support students, faculty, and staff from CEP and EUS as we plunge into icy waters. There will be music, costume contests, water entry contests, and community revelry. Any member of the Bard community who wishes to contribute $5 on the spot to CEP or EUS is welcome to leap into the Parliament of Reality with us! 

Join Us!

CEP students have committed their working lives to changing the future.  Please support our second annual Polar Plunge 4 People & Planet.
Funds raised by the Polar Plunge 4 People & Planet will be allocated to:

Tuition scholarship, class 2016
Internship stipends, class of 2015
EUS Internships and Community Engagement

Questions: Email CEP student Jess Schug!