The Office of Sustainability will host a variety of events and tables to challenge the Linfield community to be aware of its impact on the environment. Earth Week is April 15-22, and there will be something for everyone.
“There will be a diverse array of events ranging from fun to not so practical events, to lectures that are educational. We’re trying to appeal to everyone this Earth Week, trying to send the message that sustainability is really accessible,” said Duncan Reid, director of the Office of Sustainability. “We’re trying to broaden the scope and definition of sustainability.”
On April 15, there will be an elimination-style game show in Dillin. There will be six contestants, who are hand-selected from the student body. There will be a lecture April 16, discussing civil and environmental rights within communities, as well as a recycled art exhibit. The lecture on April 17 will be about ways to connect within the community to accomplish sustainability, followed by a workshop April 18 to learn about how to organize sustainability efforts.
Earth Week will culminate with the biggest event April 19, with a timed obstacle course, a local foods barbecue and live music. Throughout the week, people can submit their names to be drawn to be a contestant in the Earth Games Championship, which happens to be Reid’s favorite activity. After the games, the music will start.
“Earth Week is a celebration, it’s a way to have fun,” Reid said. “I like the idea of taking some of these serious issues that we’re thinking about, and just having fun and celebrating.”
If students are interested in signing up to be a participant in the Earth Games, there will be opportunities to sign up at the various tables. Additionally, students can email freshman Alex Ogle or Reid. Contestants will be announced at the Cat Cab.
Global Youth Service Day is April 20, and sign-ups for the day of volunteering will be available at the tables. On April 21, there will be a local hike in Miller Woods sponsored by the Associated Students of Linfield College and Circle K. April 22 is a zero waste challenge day.
“This is hopefully the beginning of a more established program,” he said. “We’ll be taking examples from the year before of what works the best and what doesn’t. It’s the first big year for Earth Week, and it won’t be the last.”
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