Celebrate Earth Week at Salve Regina with variety of events and activities
“Every living creature, has intrinsic value, in its existence, its life, its beauty and its interdependence with other creatures…. Teach us to discover the worth of each thing, to be filled with awe and contemplation, to recognize that we are profoundly united.”
~Pope Francis in “Laudato Si’ On Care for Our Common Home”
Earth Day is celebrating its 51st anniversary in 2021 on Thursday, April 22, and as earth is a critical concern of Mercy, the celebration of Earth Day and Earth Week is a tradition central to Salve Regina’s Mercy, Catholic mission.
This year, Earth Week will be celebrated during the University’s last week of classes from Sunday, April 18 through Saturday, April 24. The schedule will be full, as community members from across campus will be providing programming and resources throughout the week with lectures, service opportunities, art projects and other activities.
Find a full listing of offerings and registration information on the Earth Week 2021 website. Just a few of the Earth Week events are highlighted below.
Earth Week events
Monday, April 19
Succulents and Earth Week Launch
10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Misto Gatehouse
Stop by the tables outside the Misto Gatehouse to pick up a free succulent plant and learn more about Earth Week activities. Sponsored by the Office of Mission Integration.
Tuesday, April 20
Climate Change and Generation Z
7 p.m., via livestream
Join Dr. Craig Condella, professor and chairman of the Department of Philosophy Rebecca Rhein’21 to view Greta Thunberg’s TED talk “The Disarming Case to Act Right Now on Climate Change” and consider together her call to action. Register for this event at Earth Week’s webpage here.
Thursday, April 22
The “More Than” Garden: Audio Installation and Sun Print Making
10 a.m. to 3 p.m., O’Hare Academic Building front entrance
Stop by the front of O’Hare to make a cyanotype sun print with Dr. Jen McClanaghan, associate professor in the Department of English, Communications and Media, and the students of her ENG224 course and the Willow literary magazine. Listen to student-recorded personal essays called “More Than,” inspired by a story about Ahmaud Arbery in which the the writer said that Arbery was more than a viral video, more than a hashtag, that he loved football and his mother’s chocolate fudge cake and adored his nephews.
Join the University community to honor these stories, each other and the need to acknowledge that social and environment justice are inextricably bound. The sun prints will be hung as part of a series of community prayer flags. This project is sponsored by the McAuley Institute for Mercy Education’s interdisciplinary faculty collaborative focused on the critical concern of earth.
Arboretum Tree Planting
3:15 p.m., McKillop Library front lawn
Join the community outside of McKillop Library for the annual Arbor Day tree planting and dedication of two Elizabeth magnolias to add to the campus arboretum.
Find a full listing of offerings for Earth Week and registration information on the Earth Week 2021 website.
Earth Week is sponsored by the Sustainability Committee; the Student Government Association; the Campus Activities Board; the Environmental Club; the Center for Community Engagement and Service; the McAuley Institute for Mercy Education; the McKillop Library; the Mercy Center for Spiritual Life; the Department of Cultural, Environmental and Global studies; the Department of Religious and Theological Studies; the Department of English, Communications and Media; the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance; the Office of Mission Integration; Grounds and Facilities, the Inclusive Reading Club; the Arboretum, and more.