Earth Day to be Observed with Week-Long Series

News Story: April 30, 2007

Films, lectures and more open to the public

Deeming that one day is not enough to properly honor our planet and educate about is protection, SacredHeartUniversity is celebrating Earth Day with a week of events, all free to the public.

“Rather than having one small event on one day, we wanted to set in place a whole program of awareness about all the elements of Earth Day that we can address to the students, to the faculty and staff, and to the community,” said Dr. June-Ann Greeley, assistant professor of religious studies and one of the organizers of SHU’s Earth Day events. “It seemed better to do as much as possible, and then everyone could find something they’re interested in.”

The series will run from Saturday, April 14 to Monday, April 23. Scheduled events include films, a lecture, a virtual march, a telethon and more. The SHU cafeteria will serve one organic entrée each day, the Bio Club will sponsor a cleanup of a local beach, and education students will conduct environmental lessons at elementary schools in Fairfield and Bridgeport.

“Everyone’s pitching in and doing something,” Greeley said. “There’s a lot of involvement across the board.”

At 4 p.m. on April 16 in the EdgertonCenter for the Performing Arts, Dr. Mark Mitchell, founding president of the Connecticut Coalition for Environmental Justice, will offer a lecture on "Fighting Racism, Poverty, and Pollution--The Environmental Justice Movement in America."

The films scheduled for screening are Fast Food Nation (April 16, 7:30 p.m., Holy Grounds Café), Who Killed the Electric Car? (April 17, 7:30 p.m., Holy Grounds Café), An Inconvenient Truth (April 18, 7:45 p.m., Schine Auditorium) and March of the Penguins (April 19, 7:45 p.m., Schine Auditorium). Each will be preceded with a short presentation by professors and students related to the issues explored by that evening’s film.

“We’re hoping to give people an opportunity to feel like they can do something about the problems our environment faces,” Greeley said. “Apart from just being aware, it’s very important for students to actually think about helping to make a change.”

Grant Walker, associate professor of Sociology and an SHU Earth Day committee member also hopes that with the awareness generated by the week’s activities, change will follow. “I hope these Earth Day events will generate an increased sensitivity at the University to the impacts of our activities and operations upon the natural environment and prompt us to take more positive actions to reduce our negative impacts,” he said.

SHU Earth Day Awareness Week Schedule

Saturday, April 14

Participate in a Virtual March. Visit http://www.stopglobalwarming.org/

Monday, April 16 - April Sunday, April 22

FLIK will serve one organic entree each day throughout the week.

Beach Cleanup sponsored by the Bio Club. 

Students from the Education Department are going into Fairfield and Bridgeport schools to conduct Environmental education lessons. 

Monday, April 16

Lecture:
Dr. Mark Mitchell, founding president of the Connecticut Coalition for Environmental Justice presents "Fighting Racism, Poverty, and Pollution--The Environmental Justice Movement in America."
Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts, 4:00 p.m.

Film*:
“Fast Food Nation” Sponsored by CCTEC
Holy Grounds, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 17

Film*:
“Who Killed the Electric Car” Sponsored by CCTEC
Holy Grounds, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 18

Interactive Live Broadcast 
National Wildlife Federation’s Chill Out!
Witness how colleges around the nation are creating positive solutions to global warming. Listen to an inspirational message from Vice President Al Gore and interact in a live panel discussion by contestants, climate scientists and conservation professionals who will take questions by phone from students, faculty and staff nation-wide.
Media Studies Studio, 3:00-4:30 p.m.

Film*:
"An Inconvenient Truth" Sponsored by CCTEC
Schine Auditorium, 7:45 p.m.

Thursday, April 19

Film*:
“March of the Penguins” Sponsored by CCTEC and the Biology Club
Schine Auditorium, 7:45 p.m.

*Each film will be preceded by a short presentation by professors and students related to the issues explored by that evening’s film.

Sunday,  April 22

University Band Concert “All Things Great and Small”
Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts -  4:00 p.m.

Monday, April 23

Earth Day Telethon , Mahogany Room