I\’ll blame it on my dad and his composting pile that I got into the environment. Or maybe the fact that my mom just brought me an old book of hers called \”Ecology and Man\” (featuring a post-it note with the letters \”WO\” in front of \”Man\” – thanks, mom.) I guess I come by nature-loving naturally.
Whatever it was, I\’ll admit it – I do like the environment, and I think you should, too! The \”green\” movement is not new by any means, but it has picked up speed over the past year or two thanks to Al Gore and \”An Inconvenient Truth,\” various conscience-minded celebrities and the final understanding of some that the earth really is in need of some tender lovin\’ care.
The movement is quite old, really – Rachel Carson, Aldo Leopold, John Muir and Henry David Thoreau would be pretty pissed if we all started gloating about bringing change about. Rather, it is now just in dire need of some help. If Thoreau was worrying about Walden in the mid-1800s, then I think we\’ve got some major work to do more than 150 years later.
Of course, I can say something about the environment at any point in the year. It\’s important to celebrate it during the frigid cold of February (or should I say April now?) as well as during the unbearable heat of August. Remember the environment when the leaves are changing as well as when they\’re blooming. There\’s no time not to care! But April is especially important because it is the month to celebrate.
On MSU\’s very green campus, and in the surrounding areas, there is a lot to do to be a part of the environment\’s care. Here are some events taking place within the next month.
Healthy Individuals and Healthy Communities – How Can Higher Education Help?
Part of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development Speaker series, Laury Hamel, the author of \”Growing Local Value: How to Build Business Partnerships That Strengthen Your Community,\” will speak at MSU. The event will take place Wednesday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m. in room 105 of South Kedzie Hall, and is free and open to the public. For more information, visit EcoFoot.
Step it Up for the Earth!
Legislation for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions is an important component in the environmental movement. Although there has been some movement forward in dealing with the environment (the Supreme Court decision of pollution control being one of the most recent), there is still much work to do.
On Saturday, April 14, the local chapter of Step it Up, described as a national day of climate action, will take part on MSU\’s campus. The event will be located on Adam\’s Field, across from the IM Circle building, and next to Cowle\’s House. The action begins at 11:30 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m. Both the East Lansing mayor, Samir Singh, and the Lansing mayor, Virg Bernero, will be speaking about climate change and its effects in our area. Student speakers will also give tips on how to live sustainably, and why it\’s so important. The climax of the event will be at noon with a photo-op, featuring a sign that reads, \”Step it up, Congress! Cut carbon 80 percent by 2050.\” The student organizers ask everyone to wear green or white apparel, or anything MSU-related. There are already 1315 events planned in all 50 states. Visit Step It Up for more information.
Be Good to your EarthDay
On April 22, Earth Day, the MSU environmental group, ECO, will be co-hosting an event with Green River Cafe. Author Mel Visser will be on hand to discuss his new book on the pollution of the Great Lakes and the Canadian Arctic, Cold, Clear, and Deadly. There will be grilling outdoors (in the back of Green River Cafe, if weather permits) and food available inside. An open-mic night for readings, poetry and music will also take place. The event begins at 4 p.m. and will conclude at 10 p.m.
Wind Energy and Economic Development Forum
On Tuesday, April 24, Wind Powering America and the National Wind Coordinating Collaborative present a forum addressing the economic development impacts and manufacturing opportunities presented by wind power development. The event runs from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Kellogg Center on MSU�s campus. There is no cost for the event, but registration is required: Click Here to Register.

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