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What Are YOU Doing On Earth Day 2014?

February 21, 2014

VCEarthDay14

Every year on April 22, over a billion people in 190 countries take action for Earth Day. Why not you?

Because LIFE is NOT a spectator sport. And if we want to maintain life on earth as we know it today, we ALL must participate.

Did you know that, according to Wikipedia, Senator Nelson chose the date of April 22 to maximize participation on college campuses for what he conceived as an “environmental teach-in”. It’s also the day after the anniversary of the birth of noted conservationist John Muir.

Let’s return to Senator Nelson’s original vision of a “teach-in”!

In 60 days, my students and I invite YOU to participate in Ventura College’s Earth Day 2014 from 3-9pm

or create your own Earth Day event!

To help us, Earth Day Network has several toolkits–for communities, organizations and for universities. Here’s a LIVE link to a toolkit of materials to help us organize Earth Day events on our campus: University Earth Day Organizers Toolkit

The theme for Earth Day 2014 is Green Cities.

This fits in well with a concept of a Ventura College Earth Day where our students can share their research in Environmental Justice and Social Justice.

What might be a logical extension from your classroom? Might there be a service learning component? Could student research be presented with a poster or table?

Perhaps instead of individual projects, there could be a group project or a class project?

How might an assignment that is already in the works be adapted for sharing with our community on Earth Day?

Some logical topics from the Green Cities theme might include

green buildings

energy

transportation

Faculty could work with their students to teach attendees about subjects as varied as carbon footprint and why it matters, to nutrition, art, dance, music and more.

For example, do you know your carbon footprint? Here’s a quick and easy quiz: http://www.earthday.org/footprint-calculator

An event at Ventura College might include:

planting our SITE tree!

mini-Farmers Market

info and signups for local CSAs (community supported agriculture)

 establishing a compost site on campus

teaching people how to compost

bike corral

bike repair stands

info on bike routes

info/workshops on cycling safety

info/workshops on recycling

info/workshops on gardening

 activities for children, for example making and playing arcade games like in “Caine’s Arcade.”

Entertainment/edutainment could include VC music and dance students as well as guest speakers and musicians.

The evening could close with a showing of the film “I Am.”

 

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