Attend out of this world events for Earth Week

By Krista Gaines - Staff Reporter



On-campus Earth Week activities this year will range from a seminar on the history of plastic to a German gardening technique. 

Earth Week will take place from April 16-19.

A Campus Cleanup will kick off Monday's activities at 11 a.m. on the east side of the Student Union.

Participants are advised to "dress to get dirty," according to the Earth Week flier.

On Tuesday, ACHIEVE adviser Rick Shultz and the Permaculture Club will plant a fruit tree in front of the Library at 12:15 p.m. and educate attendees about Hugelkultur.

Hugulkultur is a German gardening technique that does not require digging. 

Instead, by using raised beds, the technique provides more moisture for plants and improves soil fertility.

Wednesday will include the Climate Reality Project and a History Seminar titled A History of Plastic.

 The Climate Reality Project will be hosted by retired attorney Carmen Rumbaut at 10 a.m. in Building 7. 

She will describe climate change, how society has contributed to it, give examples of recent weather events related to it, and educate on ways to help decrease it. 

A History of Plastic will be hosted by Dr. James Peyton in Building 3, room 102 from 1:30 to 2:35 p.m. Attendees will learn about plastic's role in modern society and the problems that have come with its increased use. 

Earth Week will close on Thursday with the Student Sustainability Showcase, hosted by business professor Shawna Freeman and English professor Rhiannon Hillman, in Building 7 at 9 a.m. 

At this event, students will present sustainability projects from the past to present and will showcase ways to encourage the use of sustainable practices in people's daily lives. 

Earth Week is sponsored by the Sustainability Task Force and organized by science professor Woody Moses.

Moses has planned Earth Week for the past 15 years. He said the earth is a passion of his. 

"I think it's important for people to understand the issues more in depth. Take time to learn about issues we face and find solutions," he said. 

Moses said, "Earth Week is also a great community bonding activity to make a difference and a change."

Moses said he hopes to have the Student Environmental Club start back up next year. 

"Though, the club must be student driven," he said.

Moses invites students interested in the Environmental Club to contact professor Shawna Freeman through email at sfreeman@highline.edu.

All events are free and open to the public. 

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