Earth Day at Michigan Tech Today

by Erika Vichcales, student writer

With the sun shining and the mounds of snow disappearing, it is starting to feel like spring--just in time for Earth Day. Today is Earth Day and Michigan Tech is celebrating with activities all week long, including a Lake Superior Celebration and a rainforest reptile show.

The Lake Superior Celebration, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center, will feature hands-on activities, a new PBS video on the Great lakes Stewardship Initiative, school-community projects, local foods, “Wildflowers of the UP” by Bob Wild and the “Water’s Edge Art Exhibit.” 

A new PBS video will be aired at the celebration. It features local participants in the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative. The event is free and open to the public and all are welcome. The Lake Superior Celebration is sponsored by the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative and Michigan Tech’s Western UP Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education.

Earth Day was started in 1970 to help raise awareness, channeling the energy of the anti-Vietnam War protest movement to help bring environmental issues to the forefront. Senator Gaylord Nelson from Wisconsin was inspired to establish Earth Day after witnessing the aftermath of the massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California, in 1969.

Earth Day activities are designed to promote awareness of environmental issues faced on a daily basis and to get people involved in environmental action. “We should try to make every day Earth Day by constantly being vigilant of the Earth, minding where we throw our trash, how much energy we consume and how much water we use,” said Allen Price, president of the Students for Environmental Sustainability. “It is important to recognize these days because it highlights one day of the year to truly think about one’s impacts on the Earth and about how every human being is connected to and sustained by the same planet. If we do not change, we will have poisoned what we know to be the only home to complex life in our galaxy and possibly the universe.”

Other Earth Day activities include:
* Rainforest Reptiles Show, 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., today at the Rozsa Center. Part of the Rozsa Center’s popular “Class Acts” series, the reptiles show features more than 200 exotic reptiles including Burmese pythons, boa constrictors, iguanas, lizards, turtles and alligators. Most Copper Country Intermediate School District schools are bringing students.

* An electronics recycle drive starts Monday at Finlandia University’s Maki Library and continues until April 30. Michigan Tech will have an electronics and battery recycling drive in the U. J. Noblet Forestry Building today, sponsored by the Students for Environmental Sustainability.

* A seminar on the topics of “Three Systems Thinking in the Lake Superior Watershed,” “The Centrality of Community for Sustainable Development” and “The Origins of Sustainable Development theory is scheduled for 3 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in Fisher 135.

* An animated film of Dr. Seuss's “The Lorax” will be shown in Fisher 135 at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 24.


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