EARTH WEEK 2014: Back to Nature
April 22nd to April 27th
Although many of us are aware of environmental problems such climate change, pollution, and unsustainable systems of production and consumption, our fast-paced, plugged-in lives leave little time for nature. This year’s Earth Week series of events is designed to get people back to nature, so we can restore the Earth, our communities and ourselves. To inspire this reconnection with nature, 2014 events will start with an all-day multidisciplinary teach-in at the College Lodge. The Earth Day (April 22nd) events at the Lodge will include guided nature walks, lectures on a range of environmental topics, nature writing workshops, drawing classes, workshops, sustainable refreshments, a drum circle, a meditation labyrinth, and other exciting events.
In addition to the teach-in, Earth Week 2014 will include many familiar events such as the Campus and Community Electronics Recycling Collection, a beach cleanup at Point Gratiot, a campus woodlot cleanup, an invasive species pull at Alexander Preserve and an environmental film festival. New to Earth Week programming will be an Eco Variety Show, a “Lunch with the New York Times” session featuring plastics pollution expert Dr. Sam Mason, and presentations by environmental experts and activists Dr. Kenneth Shockley, Nate Drag, and Andrew Nisker.
SUNY Fredonia's Earth Week series is intended to provide activities and educational events to raise awareness of the breadth of sustainability issues facing our society and provide the tools necessary to reduce our negative impact upon our home.
SUNY Fredonia has had a history of celebrating Earth Day since its origins in 1970. In 2008, we greatly expanded and institutionalized this celebration as Earth Week, primarily as a voice to the then newly created Sustainability Committee. In 2010, through a collaboration with the SUNY FACE (Fredonia Academic Community Engagement) Center, we took our community engagement and educational outreach activities to a whole new level. Now in its 7th year, the Earth Week series has become one of the largest and most prominent annual events on the SUNY Fredonia campus.
Making An Impact: Earth Week Stats