“Earth Week is a great chance for the campus and community to come together,” says Clancy Brown ’09, chair of Campus Greens. “We want to celebrate our planet and the great things that we are doing at HWS. We also want to combine our expertise and passions to develop lasting solutions to the greatest environmental and social problems that we face today.”
This year, Campus Greens has organized many events (listed below) for Earth Week, April 21 through 27, which will help celebrate the Earth and promote ways to care for and preserve the environment.
Monday, April 21
7:30-8:30 p.m., Geneva Room
Panel Discussion: “Climate Commitments of the Campus and Community”
What are Geneva and the HWS campus doing to combat climate change? Here’s a chance to voice your concerns! A panel discussion with guests including Stu Einstein (mayor of Geneva) and HWS President Mark Gearan will address issues related to the respective climate commitments that Geneva and HWS Colleges have made.
Tuesday, April 22
7-8 p.m., Geneva Room
Why should we care about saving the environment? Does the environment have the intrinsic right to our protection? Or should we only consider human interests? Analyze the environmental movement from the bottom up at this debate co-sponsored by the Philosophy department and the Circle.
Thursday, April 24
7:30 p.m., Smith Opera House
President’s Forum with Wangari Maathai
Dr. Wangari Maathai, P’94, P’96, Sc.D.’94, 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and founder of The Green Belt movement, is an international authority on sustainable development, human rights and activism. Maathai has single-handedly altered the view of women and the environment around the world, and she will share her perspectives in this conclusion to the spring 2008 President’s Forum series.
Friday, April 25
7 p.m., Albright Auditorium
Movie Showing: “Biodome” following “A Story of Stuff”
After a stirring 20 minute animation about the dangers of our consumerist society, enjoy some comic relief with the 1996 classic starring Pauly Shore and Stephen Baldwin as they experience life in a bubble-enclosed ecosystem called the “biodome.”
Saturday, April 26
8 p.m., Winn-Seeley Gym/Theatre
Guzzle (The Politics of Inconvenience)
Have we gone Bananas? From the greed of Big Oil to the brainwashing of Americans, this multi-media dance work discusses what seems like this nation’s need, or desire, for oil and energy. Where are our behaviors ultimately leading us and which race is more crucial – the race to keep up with the Jones’ or the race to slow down our culture of mass consumption before it’s too late?
Sunday, April 27
12-3 p.m., Smith Green and Stern Lawn
Celebrate the Earth!
Top off Earth Week with a campus-wide celebration including: the annual Solar Cookie Bake-off, live music with student bands, a sustainable lunch (free food!) co-sponsored by Campus Greens and Americans for Informed Democracy (AID), Earth-friendly tie dye, and fun games! Don’t miss all the fun!
Additionally, an Earth Week publication (printed, of course, on recycled paper) including some of the articles mentioned below and the schedule of all Earth Week-related activities will distributed throughout campus.
• Green team tour with Rigo (the housekeeping recycling collector)
• Cassella recycling plant and landfill
• Abroad program with a green focus (Denmark)
• Green internship options
• Green community service opportunities
• What’s already going on to make HWS green
• Green factoids
• Presidential Candidates’ stances on green issues
• Ohio River clean-up alternative Spring Break trip
• Campus Greens theme house
• Global warming graph
• Green crossword puzzle
• Green Word Search
“We must redesign our lifestyles so that we meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs,” says Brown. “This is going to be a community effort, a global effort.”
Hobart Dean Eugen Baer was literally “Caught Green Handed,” part of a promotion for the Colleges’ recycling awareness campaign.