Mason Shows Off Its Green with Earth Day Activities

Posted: April 10, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Dan Walsch and Ryan Call

Mason will really bring out the green in its school colors this month with Earth Day celebrations. Bill McKibben, environmental activist and author, will be the keynote speaker on Wednesday, April 19, as part of the series of activities in honor of Earth Day 2006.

McKibben, visiting scholar in environmental studies at Middlebury College, will speak at 7:30 p.m. in Mason’s Student Union Building II Ballroom. Open to the public, his talk is titled “Deep Economy: A Slightly Hopeful Version of What Might Come Next.” Earlier in the day, McKibben will participate in a lecture-discussion on “The Environment as a Moral Issue” beginning at 10:30 a.m. in the Johnson Center Cinema, and later in a town hall meeting titled “Coordinating Sustainability” at 2 p.m. in the Johnson Center, Assembly Room B.

Known for his 1989 book, “The End of Nature,” which outlined the oncoming environmental crisis and challenged citizens to redefine their relationship with the earth, McKibben has long fought to raise environmental awareness. He has contributed articles to The New York Times, Outside Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s and The New York Review of Books.

Prior to Earth Day, the university will host two other related activities. Set for Wednesday, April 12, the first is a program on the sustainability of nonprofits by environmentalist Bobbie Faul-Zeitler that begins at 9:30 a.m. in Innovation Hall, Room 134. The second is a screening of the film “Dyke Marsh” followed by a discussion with its writer, Dave Eckert, at 2 p.m. in Mason Hall, Rooms D3 and 4.

“Climate Change: What You Can Do to Turn Down the Heat” is the overall theme of these Earth Day events. Sponsors include the English Department, the Department of Environmental Science and Policy, the Democracy Project, New Century College, Office of the Provost and University Life.

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