March 2007 Happenings
A Week-Long Revolution: Earth Week 2007
By Katie Schalk
HOUGHTON -- Just when you thought winter would never end, spring is right around the corner and things are heating up
for Earth Week 2007. Michigan Tech's Students for Environmental Sustainability think you'll be pleased with this
year's exciting Earth Week festivities. Earth Week will be celebrated the week of March 19
- 23 in correspondence with the internationally celebrated Earth Day, which falls on the day of the vernal equinox,
when spring officially begins. This year it's March 21.
Did you know that "a gallon of gas burned by a gas powered auto adds roughly 19 pounds of
carbon dioxide to the air”? You’ll learn this and other disturbing facts on Monday, March 19, when we kick off Earth Week
with a special presentation of the Sony Pictures Classics film Who Killed the Electric
Car? starting at 7 p.m. in Fisher, Room 135. After the film, Kate Alvord, author of
Divorce Your Car, will lead a discussion. Perhaps by the end of the evening we’ll be able to answer the burning question,
"Who or what really killed the electric car?" You may even want to
participate in a postcard writing session. Postcards and addresses of senators, representatives and CEOs of pertinent
corporations will be available. Refreshments will be provided.
If you can't make it to the first showing of Who Killed the Electric Car?
you'll get a second chance at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 25, in Room U115
of the M and M Building on campus. Once again, a discussion will follow.
|Poster for Michigan Tech's Earth Week 2007 lists
activities throughout the week of March 19-23. Click on poster for
larger version. (Image © 2007 and courtesy MTU Students for Environmental Sustainability. Reprinted with permission.)
On Tuesday, March 20, at 12 Noon in the Memorial Union Building (MUB) Ballroom
B, there will be a free brown bag lunch session on tie dye and clothing reuse. Bring your
lunch and learn how to patch up your tattered wardrobe. Then try your hand at dying bandanas with our safe, non-toxic dyes. All supplies will be provided.
Interested in research on sustainability and wondering what kind of research has been going on here at
MTU? Join us from Noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday in MUB Ballroom B for a lunchtime faculty and graduate student panel discussion on
sustainability research at MTU. Drinks and snacks will be provided; bring your lunch and your questions
and come, listen and learn.
Have you heard the buzz about Gaviotas? Find out what it’s all about at the
presentation starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday in MUB Ballroom B. Come learn about sustainable development in one of the world's harsher regions when we delve into Alan Weisman’s world and his inspiring book,
Gaviotas: A Village to Reinvent the World. You'll also get a perspective of community members’ experiences in the Peace Corps. This is the perfect way to gear up for Alan Weisman’s visit to Michigan Tech on April 12. Mark your calendars!
|Alan Weisman, author of Gaviotas: A
Village to Reinvent the World, will visit Michigan Tech on April 12. To
prepare for his visit, Earth Week activities on campus include a presentation on the book at 7
p.m. on Wednesday, March 21, in MUB Ballroom B. (Photo © and courtesy
Alan Weisman and Michigan Tech University. Reprinted with permission.)
Could your household cleaners be making you sick? On Thursday, March 22, Annie Bond
-- author of four books on healthy and toxin-free homes and lifestyles and executive producer of Care2.com's Healthy Living
Channel -- will offer a workshop on toxin-free, healthy household cleaners. The session will take place
from Noon -1 p.m. in MUB Ballroom B. Bring your lunch! Following a brief presentation by Annie Bond, attendees
will get to try their hand at making some safe cleansers of their own. Supplies will be provided.
Thursday evening Annie Bond will be back to tell the story of how she came to do what she does today. She will
also share some of her wildest "Ask Annie" questions from her Ask Annie Q&A column at Care2.com. Audience
members will have a chance to ask questions as well. Visit our SfES
website to submit your questions for Annie in advance.
Are you confused about where, how, and what you can recycle in the Keeweenaw? Get your questions
answered! From Noon to 1 p.m. on Friday, March 23, check out the informational session
in MUB Ballroom B about
local recycling efforts, both on campus and in the Keeweenaw community.
Check out the SfES website
for a complete schedule of
Earth Week events. All events are free and anyone can attend. Come join in the Green Revolution!
Editor's note: Guest author Katie Schalk will be graduating from MTU this spring with a bachelor's degree
in physics. Katie also has an associate's degree in liberal arts from Alpena Community College, which is
near her hometown of Hawks, Mich. "I've always been interested in sustainable and green living," Katie
writes. "I got involved with the Students for Environmental Sustainability and the Environmental
Sustainability Committee soon after transferring (to MTU) and will continue to campaign for these ideals
in the future."
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