– Laura Lundberg
This past Friday evening had the museum packed with students, faculty, as well as citizens from Eugene as a new exhibit opened in the Jordan Schnitzer Art Museum on the University of Oregon campus. Chris Jordan is the artist of the new exhibit at the Art Museum, and all of his artworks displayed showed pieces made of recycled materials, or materials that had been used before and incorporated into the pieces. The theme of the exhibit was about recycling and using something again, and tabling at the event was the Climate Justice League and they were campaigning for their long-term campaign, Take Back the Tap.
The Climate Justice League was at the Jordan Schnitzer Art Museum in order to promote their campaign, and because the artist asked to “partner” with them for the event, to raise awareness about sustainability on campus. “Chris Jordan thought that having some of the groups here on campus tabling at his event and getting the word out to people about sustainability on campus was a good idea, and so did we,” said Manny Garcia, a member of the Climate Justice League who was tabling at the event. Take Back the Tap has been working on tabling at different events in order to gain a more support.
At the event, the members of the Climate Justice League who were tabling were working on getting more signatures for the petition that they plan on giving to the University of Oregon senate. Currently, they have over 500 signatures and are steadily reaching their goal of 2,000 signatures. Since Take Back the Tap hopes to eventually widen their campaign to the city of Eugene and have water bottles removed from the entire city, they are working to let the citizens of Eugene know about their campaign and to try and gather their support. They have purchased over 2,300 water bottles that they have been passing out to students, and at the event they had pamphlets explaining their goal and what they have currently achieved. They even had a hand-drawn map with all of the water spigots located on campus.
“It’s a slow process, but with every event we table at, we’re getting our campaign known and it is becoming more popular and widespread,” Garcia explained. The Climate Justice League plans on continuing with their plans to table at various events, as well as to have the water spigot locations on campus put onto the University of Oregon campus maps. This will help students know where they can go to refill their water bottles.
The next event where the Take Back the Tap campaign will be tabling is at the movie “Flow”. The movie will be shown on the University of Oregon campus for any students who wish to attend at the end of the month.