Earth Week 2012: take action for the environment

For some University of Oregon students, Earth Day is too important for a single day, so they decided to organize Earth Week 2012.

“We thought one day wasn’t enough, so we decided to go big or go home and do a full week,” said Kristin White, Earth Week coordinator.

Earth Week 2012 logoThe week-long series of events and lectures takes place on and near campus starting Monday and culminating with community service projects on Saturday, April 21.

The service projects include working on the FOOD for Lane County Youth Farm, removing invasive English ivy from the Eastgate Woodlands, doing neighborhood clean-ups and working on the Courthouse Garden. White said they hope to recruit several hundred volunteers for the service projects.

“We want to get students out of the campus bubble and engage in the ocmmunity a bit more,” she said.

Among the issues to be discussed and acted upon during the week: Climate, energy and transportation; equity, justice and health; buildings and zero waste; business and policy; food and landscapes.

“What ever you’re interested in, there’s something going on that fits your interest,” said White, a junior studying environmental studies.

A political flash mob will “make a little commotion on campus” to raise awareness about the prospect of coal trains rumbling through Eugene, White said.

“There is a serious climate crisis on our hands. We need to make changes and we need to do it now,” White said. “Getting involved and getting excited doesn’t have to be drudgery, it doesn’t have to be hard work. It can be what ever you’re interested in.”

— Tim Christie