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Bowdoin Celebrates Earth Week April 19-26

Story posted April 04, 2002

Bowdoin College is taking Earth Day a few steps farther, and has designated the period of April 19 through April 26 as Earth Week on its Brunswick campus.

The week's events include an ecoservice day, a fair with local and national environmental groups, a "commute another way" program, movies, a campus trash audit, and a keynote address by Julia "Butterfly" Hill, the environmental activist who lived in a redwood tree for two years to prevent its being cut down.

Friday, April 19
Earth Week kicks off at 4 p.m. with a "bring your own mug" party at Ladd House. To encourage conservation of paper products, beverages will be served to everyone bringing their own mug. Live music will be provided by Autobahn, Christian Hayes, Darker than Blue, and LP's.

Saturday, April 20
Bowdoin's Community Service Resource Center will oversee Ecoservice Day. Modeled on the College's annual Common Good Day, the Ecoservice Day will find Bowdoin students, faculty, and staff assisting ten local organizations with such projects as removing invasive species from wetlands, cleaning beaches, and working on trails. Contact to get involved.

Sunday, April 21
The film "The Lorax" will be shown at 7:30 p.m. in Jack Magee's Pub. The film will be followed by a coffeehouse and environmental speak out. To participate contact

Monday, April 22
Earth Day features an all-day vendor fair in David Saul Smith Union. Local and national environmental groups, like the Maine Fish and Wildlife and Chewonki foundations, will be on hand for discussions and presentations. Demonstrations include a biodiesel vehicle - a car that runs on used fryolator grease rather than automotive gas and oil - and a hybrid electric Honda Insight, which is estimated to get 61 mpg city/68 mpg highway.

Earth Day events will conclude with a talk by Julia "Butterfly" Hill, whose protest to prevent a lumber company from cutting down trees in an old growth forest near Stafford, Calif., found her inhabiting a redwood tree (named Luna) from December 10, 1997 through December 18, 1999. "Here I can be the voice and face of this tree, and for the whole forest that can't speak for itself," she said. Hill will speak at 7:30 p.m. in Morrell Lounge, David Saul Smith Union.

Tuesday, April 23
"Rainforests in Your Shopping Cart" slide show by Rainforest Relief, at 7:30 p.m. in the Environmental Studies Program center, first floor, Adams Hall.

Wednesday, April 24
The Sustainable Bowdoin office will conduct a trash audit. The trash from different campus offices will be sorted to determine how well they are recycling. Wednesday also features the "great American meat-out," and a slide show covering the 1990 Mt. Everest International Earth Day Peace Climb.

Thursday, April 25
The film "Rising Waters: Global Warming and the Fate of the Pacific Islands" will be shown in Searles Science Building, Room 315, at 7:30 p.m. This film won the Special Jury Prize at MountainFilm in Telluride. To read more click here.

Friday, April 26
Earth Week concludes with a 12:30 Common Hour talk by Kathryn S. Fuller, president of the World Wildlife Fund. (Fuller's Common Hour lecture is open only to Bowdoin students, faculty and staff).

Throughout Earth Week the campus community will be encouraged to "commute another way" (carpool, bike, walk, etc.). Dining service will also feature organic and local foods.

Earth Week is sponsored by the Office for a Sustainable Bowdoin, Women's Studies, Environmental Studies, and the Community Service Resource Center. For more information contact Keisha Payson, coordinator for a sustainable Bowdoin, at or 725-3086.

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