Graphic courtesy of: Office of Sustainability
Mar 17, 2011
Dreaming of a fossil fuel-free, people-powered world that lives in harmony with its environment?
The Office of Sustainability is challenging members of the campus community to join the conversation and the do-it-yourself (DIY) movement during the University's annual Earth Month celebration.
With its theme of "People (Em)powered," Earth Month 2011 celebrates the power of humans, both individually and collectively. Through DIY workshops, speakers, dialogues, films and festivals, Earth Month will encourage examination and celebration of humans' ability to change their ecological footprints and the health of the planet.
More than 50 events, sponsored by more than 20 community and University organizations, will take place on Ohio University's Athens campus throughout the month of April. All events are free and open to the public.
"The DIY culture is hugely influencing the sustainability movement," said Interim Sustainability Coordinator Erin Sykes. "It is all about tossing out consumerism and embracing the power of people to live simply and positively change the way they interact with their surroundings—both people and place."
Earth Month is also about doing it together, added Sykes, noting that peer-to-peer education is one of the most powerful tools for catalyzing large-scale collective change.
Earth Month 2011 kicks off with a Human Powered Carnival at Baker University Center on April 5. Highlights will include human-powered games and a cotton candy machine powered by the Third Sun solar trailer.
Professional surfer and environmental activist Rob Caughlan will keynote Earth Month on April 14, using stories from his 40-year career to inspire and motivate students to make changes of their own. Other speaking engagements feature traveling singer and songwriter Evan Greer, yogurt cyclist Annie Lambla and paleoclimatologist Lonnie Thompson.
The month will feature an abundance of DIY workshops on everything from mechanics training to vegan cooking to cosmetics. Students looking to make a difference in the community will have opportunities to volunteer with Good Earth Farms and Athens Beautification Day. Five environmental films will also be showcased throughout the month at venues across campus.
"We are trying to engage as many students as possible – those who are deeply involved in sustainability initiatives and those who are not," said Carolina Proaño-Castro, a graduate assistant in the Office of Sustainability. "(Earth Month) will be full of food, music, performances and more, so more people will feel encouraged to participate… and will learn while entertaining themselves."
Earth Month will be paced by Eco Cafés and Lunch & Learn sessions, which feature discussion on food security and sustainable business models, among other topics.
"Earth Munch" will offer students a taste of Athens' sustainable food businesses on April 25. A Critical Mass bicycling event on April 29 will round out the month's events.
For more information on Earth Month 2011, including a complete list of events, visit the Office of Sustainability’s website.
• DIY Cosmetics
• DIY Sprouts
• Green Cleaning
• Mechanics Training
• Vegan Cooking
• DIY Bookbinding
• Window Farming
• Repurposing Bookcovers
• Earth Day Green Event/Maker Faire
• Joshua Fox
• Evan Greer
• Rob Caughlan
• Annie Lambla
• Lonnie Thompson
• Carbon Nation
• Earth Days
• The Battle of Chernobyl