To Preserve and Protect: Earth Week 2013 Celebrated at SSU, April 22-27

Earth Week, a weeklong celebration dedicated to environmental awareness and action, starts on April 22 at Sonoma State University with a variety of events.

The week begins with a screening and discussion of Betting the Farm a film revolving around nine dairy farmers in Maine who are in danger of losing their farms when their national milk distributor fires them. The farmers band together, launching their own milk company and face the challenges involved with starting a new business. Betting the Farm will be shown on April 22 at 7:00 p.m. in Darwin 103.

Earth Fest, is a celebration of the earth and the environment on April 23 in Darwin Quad from 11:30 p.m.- 1:30 p.m. Environmental groups and organizations will be available to answer questions and provide information, as well as volunteer opportunities to students. There will also be music and activities.

More Earth Week Events Include:

“Culture and Behavior Change: Answers to Climate Change” presentation by Ambessa Cantave: April 23, 7:00 p.m. Cooperage. Green for All Fellow Ambessa Cantave is a father, musician, activist, educator and dedication to transformational change on the planet. A ten-year veteran of the Bay Area's environmental justice, art activism and non-profit communities, Ambessa is highly adept at creating presentations that use hip-hop culture to engage youth of color to empower and educate themselves in areas of ecology, professional development, social justice and mental health.

Sustainability panel- April 24, 3 p.m., Environmental Technology Center-Representatives from the Sierra Club, North Bay Conservation Corps and the Sonoma Land Trust will describe some of the environmental challenges we are facing. Each group will discuss what their organization is doing to combat these challenges and ways students can get involved.

The Last Call at the Oasis film and discussion- April 24, 7:00 p.m. Student Union MPR. Last Call at the Oasis is a powerful new documentary that shatters myths behind our most precious resource: water. This film exposes defects in the current system, shows communities already struggling with its ill-effects and highlights individuals championing revolutionary solutions during the global water crisis.

JUMP Service Day – Santa Rosa Earth Day Festival – April 27 - The City of Santa Rosa is hosting its 4th Annual Earth Day Festival in Courthouse Square. SSU students can sign up to volunteer in the JUMP office for either the 8am-12pm or 2-6pm shift.! Contact Paulette Loubet (Eco Projects Coordinator) at ssu.ecopojecs@gmail.com if you have any questions.


Tap-a-Palooza

Striving towards reducing plastic water bottle waste on campus, The Sonoma State US Green Building Council Student Group has entered a nationwide contest to win more campus filling stations.

According to foodandwaterwatch.org, the website hosting the contest, “after millions of barrels of oil are used to produce and ship plastic water bottles, 75% of them land in the garbage or our waterways instead of the recycling bin.”

The filling stations will make it easier to refill reusable water bottles, which is difficult to do using typical drinking fountains.

The group would like everyone to assist in winning the contest by signing the pledge to use tap water and refillable bottles whenever possible.

Anyone can do so by visiting http://bit.ly/TapPledge, and by using his or her Sonoma State e-mail address.