From films to lectures, drum presentations to races, the Colleges’ celebration of Earth Week this year represents an array of sustainability issues and themes.
Earth Week kicked off Monday, April 21, with a showing of the documentary, “Dirt!” Inspired by William Bryant Logan’s acclaimed book, “Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth,” the movie takes a humorous and substantial look into the history and current state of dirt. Also on April 21, an exhibit of student art from ENV: 202 was held in the Warren Hunting Smith Library Atrium from 8 to 10 p.m. All dining in Saga will be trayless throughout Earth Week.
“This year a diverse group of individuals and organizations on and off campus came together in coordination of many Earth Week events,” explains Adam Maurer, sustainability manager at HWS. “This effort really embodies inclusivity and our attempt to consciously include social equity, an aspect of sustainability that can be forgotten during Earth Week, in our events. Earth Week is not just about saving the environment, it’s much more than that. Earth Week is a chance for everyone to re-envision their world and to make strides to create a better life for all.”
On Tuesday, community members will have the opportunity to tour the Fribolin farm. The 33-acre property was recently donated to the Colleges and a committee of faculty, staff and students is working to develop innovative, experiential curricula utilizing the farm’s many resources. The tour will be led by the Finger Lakes Institute and Buildings and Grounds staff from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. A shuttle will run continuously from the Medbery parking lot and those who plan to arrange their own transportation are asked to go by bike or on foot as parking is limited.
Critically acclaimed author and Pulitzer Prize finalist William Souder will discuss “Rachel Carson and the Origins of Environmentalism” on Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. in the Geneva Room. Souder is the first guest of the History Department’s Robert Huff Lecture series. Also on Tuesday, Saga will host “Weigh the Waste.”
Malik Yakini, founder and executive director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, will present “Fostering Food Security and Food Justice,” on Wednesday, April 23, in the Geneva Room beginning at 7:30 p.m. Earlier in the day, Drums and Discussion with Yakini will be held from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. on the Scandling Campus Center rear patio (rain location is Scandling Campus Center lounge). Yakini’s lecture is sponsored by the Centennial Center for Leadership, the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning, the Finger Lakes Institute, Intercultural Affairs and the Office of Sustainability.
The Sustainable Foods Club is hosting a dinner and a movie event with the screening of the documentary, “A Place at the Table” in Saga from 8 to 9:30 p.m., on Thursday, April 24.
Events continue outside on Saturday, starting with a F.O.R.C.E.S. Seneca Lake State Park Bird Watch from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Transportation will be provided from the Medbery parking lot at 10:20 a.m. Snacks will also be provided. The Water is the Last Piece of the Puzzle 6K race will kick off from the Quad at 4 p.m., co-sponsored by Campus Greens and Theta Delta Chi. At 4:30 p.m., a chili and soup cook-off sponsored by the Sustainable Foods Club will be held on the Quad.
Earth Week festivities end on Sunday with the Seneca7 Race and seedling give-away in downtown Geneva. Seneca7 has partnered with ReRun Shoes in an effort to promote sustainability and environmental awareness. ReRun takes donated shoes back to their warehouse in Holyoke, Mass., where adults with developmental disabilities prepare them for export to Africa. There, small entrepreneurs clean and sell them. Donation boxes are located in the Bristol Gym, Field House, Scandling Campus Center and Finger Lakes Institute throughout the week and community members are asked to donate good-condition shoes. The Seneca7 Race starts at 7 a.m.; seedling give-away will be held from 4:30 to 9 p.m. at the finish line. The seedling give-away is sponsored by the Finger Lakes Institute.