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Earth Week Events Slated Ithaca College

A presentation by the deputy executive director of Greenpeace, a screening of the film “The 11th Hour” and a demonstration of natural beauty products will be among the highlights of EarthWeek 2008 activities scheduled at Ithaca College, April 21–24. All of the events are free and open to the public. Greenpeace Deputy Executive DirectorMonday, April 217–10 p.m., Textor 102Bill Richardson, the deputy executive director of Greenpeace, will speak on global climate change and Greenpeace initiatives. He will be joined by a faculty panel that includes Susan Allen-Gil, associate professor of biology and coordinator of the environmental studies program; Warren Schlesinger, associate professor of accounting; and Marian Brown, special assistant to the provost.Founded in 1971, Greenpeace is an independent campaigning organization that uses peaceful direct action and creative communication to expose global environmental problems and to promote solutions. Richardson joined Greenpeace in 1988 as a volunteer door-to-door fund-raiser and eventually ran the canvassing program at the national level. He has been involved in numerous actions and crewed on a number of Greenpeace ships. Red Tent AlternativeMonday, April 217–9 p.m., Clark Lounge, Egbert HallStop by for 10 minutes or 2 hours during an evening of discussion about healthy bodies, facts about the environmental and personal-health costs of commercial menstrual products, and sustainable alternatives, with giveaways. Native American EnvironmentalismTuesday, April 2212:10–1 p.m., Room 323, Williams HallAssociate professor of anthropology Brooke Hansen will discuss ancient sustainability practices of indigenous peoples and the struggle to preserve and protect Native American environments and cultures. “The 11th Hour”Tuesday, April 227:30 p.m., Park AuditoriumWith contributions from over 50 of the world’s most prominent thinkers and activists— including physicist Stephen Hawking, Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai and environmental journalist Paul Hawken—“The 11th Hour” documents global warming, deforestation, mass species extinction and the depletion of ocean habitats. Following a screening of the film will be a panel discussion with representatives from the film’s production company, Tree Media. Restoration and Reciprocity: Finding Common Ground between Scientific and Traditional Ecological KnowledgeWednesday, April 234–5 p.m., Room 317, Williams HallThis Sustainability Café presentation will feature Robin Wall Kimmerer, director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, discussing intersections between localized environmental knowledge and the scientific accumulation of ecological understanding. Vegetarian Teach-InWednesday, April 236–9 p.m., Room 112, Center for Natural SciencesWant to learn more about a vegetarian diet while eating lots of delicious veggie foods? Join us for a free dinner provided by GreenStar Co-op in a relaxing setting to learn about alternative eating options. Local Environmental History in ActionWednesday, April 237–9 p.m., History Center of Tompkins County, 401 E. State StreetPresentations by student teams from the “History of U.S. Environmental Thought” course who researched local environmental history stories, using source material from the holdings of the History Center. Food for Thought: Natural Beauty CampaignThursday, April 24Noon–1 p.m.Textor 102Learn about healthier products for your body and the environment, and ways to feel and look your best both inside and out. DiAnna Snyder, wellness department manager at GreenStar Co-op, will provide information and samples of natural/organic make-up products. Social Movements and Resource WarsThursday, April 247–10 p.m., Textor 102Author Benjamin Dangl will discuss his novel “The Price of Fire: Resource Wars and Social Movements in Bolivia,” with a panel discussion to follow. An independent journalist, Dangl has focused on Latin America, writing for a number of publications about such issues as social movements in Argentina, Bolivia’s resource wars, human rights in Chile, media in Cuba and Venezuelan politics.EarthWeek 2008 is a collaborative effort of various groups, including the Ithaca College Environmental Society (ICES), Student Government Association, Residence Hall Association, Diversity Awareness Committee and Tri-Fund; Sustainability at Ithaca; the Departments of Philosophy, Politics and Biology; the environmental studies program; and the Office of Residential Life.

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