April 17, 2017 12:00AM
A number of campus groups at Pittsburg State University have planned activities this week to mark Earth Week, which culminates in Earth Day on Sunday, April 23.
PSU Students for Sustainability has scheduled a showing of the film “Oklahoma Shakedown” at 6:30 p.m. today, April 18, in 409 Russ Hall. The film is a 2015 documentary about the role fracking and wastewater disposal may play in the recent influx of seismic activity in Oklahoma.
From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19, several groups have planned Earth Week activities on the PSU Oval. One of those groups, Axe Library, will attempt to draw attention to dwindling Monarch Butterfly habitats by helping visitors plant their own pots of milkweed, an important plant in Monarch-friendly habitats.
At 5 p.m. on Wednesday, students will lead a free yoga activity on the Oval.
At 1 p.m. on Friday, April 21, Craig Wolfe, president of the Heartland Renewable Energy Society and a longtime Sierra Club speaker, will present “The Climate Emergency: The Case for Immediate Action.” His presentation will include live, original music and a video. The lecture and discussion take place in the Governors Room of the Overman Student Center.
Wolfe was trained by Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project to make presentations regarding the climate emergency. His lecture and discussion will address several topics, including: What are the facts about climate change? What are the threats that we face? Where are the opportunities going forward? If the climate emergency is an existential threat to life on the planet, does our response reflect that of an emergency? What can and must individuals do to avert the worst consequences of the climate crisis?
At 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 21, the movie “Love Thy Nature” will be shown on the Jungletron at Carnie Smith Stadium. Narrated by Liam Neeson, “Love Thy Nature” attempts to convey the beauty and intimacy of the relationship that humans have with the natural world and suggests that a renewed connection with nature may hold the key to solving our climate crisis.
All of the Earth Week activities are free and open to the public.