STEVENS POINT – The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point will celebrate Earth Week April 17-23 with a mix of outdoor activities, volunteer opportunities, exhibits and sustainability-focused Zoom presentations, alternative energy sources and environmental issues.
Earth Day was founded on April 22, 1970 by US Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin as a peaceful education aimed at raising awareness and protecting the environment. Since then, UW-Stevens Point has held annual environmental education events and has a long history of supporting sustainability, renewable energy and environmental education.
On April 8, UW-Stevens Point joined 75 colleges and universities across the country to sign a letter urging the Biden-Harris administration to adopt a target of at least 50% carbon emissions reductions by 2030.
Some of the Earth Week outdoor activities on campus and in the community (facial blankets and physical distancing are mandatory on campus):
- Watch a “Bale Maze” recycling exhibit from April 17 to May 7 at the Specht Forum / Sundial at UW-Stevens Point. It will also be the venue for “Pedal for University Fossil Fuel Divestment” on April 19, 2 pm to 2 pm.
- Help plant apple, tart cherry and plum trees at Bukolt Park from noon to 4 p.m. on April 19, with Central Rivers Farmshed, UW-Stevens Point Sustainability Students and the Stevens Point City Forest Service. Sign up for Farmshed Volunteers.
- Chalk the Walk for Earth Day on April 22, with chalk art at:
- UW-Stevens Point Old Main, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- UWSP at the main entrance to Wausau, 8 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- UWSP at the Everett Roehl STEM Center in Marshfield, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- The Central Wisconsin Children’s Museum hosts “Sarcastic Plastic?” Fantastic “and” STEM Sprouts Grass Heads “Exhibits for Kids at 10am April 22-23
- The annual Eco-Fair will be offered via Zoom from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm on April 21, with a focus on “The ground, the basis of life”.
Other free events featured on Zoom include:
- April 19, 6.30 p.m. – “Coffee and culture environmental justice”
- April 20, noon – “How the pot formed us,” Shawn Shafner of The Poopcast Project
- April 21, noon – “Repairing Native Perspectives on Environmental Movements”, Marin Webster, Native American educator
- April 22, noon – “How to make the environmental movement anti-racist”, Wawa Gatheru, environmental justice advocate
- April 22, 6:30 p.m. – Earth Day Quiz Evening
For more information or to register for these events, visit https://www.uwsp.edu/sustainability/Pages/Earth-Week.aspx or the UW-Stevens Point Office of Sustainability on Facebook.