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Earth Week

Find your green heart through sustainable awareness this week

By Heather Worthting | Campus LIfe Editor
On April 18, 2012

The week of April 23-27, Western will join with thousands across the nation to promote awareness and appreciation for the earth's environment.

"Within today's society, we have to face issues that are occurring. Reality cannot be ignored or just deemed a "trend." This week hopes to address sustainability in all forms and present solutions," said Director of Sustainability Maija Kellner-Rode.

On Monday, April 23 in the Willamette Room from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., the film Gasland will be presented. Filmmaker Josh Fox addresses the drilling boom taking place in the U.S. Focusing on the technique of hydraulic fracking, the film will lecture the reality behind rhetoric and explore the consequences.

Tuesday will be dedicated to a bike workshop in which students can get basic tune-ups at no charge. Seeing a need on campus for bike maintenance, club members of Green Wolf conducted surveys throughout campus and found fellow students thought likewise.

Eric Vickers from the Bike Peddler in Salem will offer free basic tune-ups, along with replacement of parts, all of which will be under $5. Students can bring their bikes to the Werner Center Plaza.

"We hope to eventually have a permanent bike co-op on campus where rentals and repairs can be accessible to students consistently. There are so many physical and environmental incentives to bike riding so we want to encourage the activity on campus," said Kellner-Rode.  Students and community members are invited to bring a bike and meet at the WUC Plaza for a bike ride around town starting at 4:30 p.m. and will end at 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday will be a clothing swap outside the Summit Room from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., where students will have an opportunity to trade and swap clothes so that money can be saved and new materials do not have to be consumed.

Thursday will feature musician Jason Moseley as he performs original songs that promote well-being of the earth and taking personal responsibility of actions pertaining to civic and social engagement. Friday will be a campus wide planting event for Arbor Day.

This week is a collaborate effort between Green Wolf and ASWOU, an effort that is easily bridged as Director of Sustainability Mija Kellner-Rode is also President of Green Wolf.  Freshmen Angelica Martinez is Kellner-Rode's intern and has been a key player in the preparation and planning of this celebration. Getting locations reserved, making posters and manning tables was part of that process.

"We wanted to reach as many people possible by using a variety of events-the idea being to grab lots of people's attention. I want people to be aware of what is going on behind closed doors and to care about what is happening to our world," said Martinez.  

Throughout the week, students are encouraged to actively participate or simply absorb education on issues. "If you live with intention, you will always be proud of the actions you commit. Being educated on issues is the first step to not just going through the motions," said Kellner- Rode.


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