Student organizations planning Earth Week events

Photo: Tyler Torelli ’17 displays some of the trash he found along Cliff Walk during the 2015 Earth Day cleanup.

In recognition of Earth Week, several student organizations are planning a series of events focusing on environmental and climate literacy.

The schedule includes:

Panel discussion

6 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, McKillop Library first floor

Protect Our Wildlife will host this panel discussion about a segment from the film “Arise: Women Healing the Environment,” which depicts women from the Green Belt movement in Kenya. Student panelists Jillian Chin, Patricia Soccarras, Richard Tegtmeier and Skyla Hudson will discuss how environmentalism can share a relationship with each of their majors. The evening will also include a raffle for an Apple Watch.

Busking Day

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, various campus locations

Musicians, poets and actors will share their talents by doing street performances at six locations around campus. Each location will highlight a current environmental issue. All members of the University community are invited to participate. Interested performers should sign up in Angelus Hall or email for a time and location.

Film screening: “Before the Flood”

7 p.m. Thursday, April 20, O’Hare Academic Building, Room 260

“Before the Flood” follows Leonardo DiCaprio as he travels around the world meeting with scientists, activists and global leaders to learn more about global climate change and seek solutions. The Environmental Club will host a “tap water challenge” prior to the screening. Participants will attempt to taste the difference between tap and bottled water to raise awareness of how our daily actions contribute to environmental issues.

Earth Day exhibition

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, April 21, O’Hare Academic Building lobby

Representatives from organizations in the Salve Regina and Newport communities will highlight how their work relates to environmental issues. Vendors include Empire Tea and Coffee, the Aquidneck Land Trust, McKillop Library, Environmental Club, Protect Our Wildlife Club, A Better Tomorrow Club, Student Government Association, Sodexo, Clean Ocean Access, Norman Bird Sanctuary, Hydroponics Lab, Save the Bay, the Arboretum Committee, GIFT club, the Mercy Center for Spiritual Life. The exhibition will also include class presentations and music from WSRU.

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