Keynote speakers, sustainable activities and an Eco Fair will mark Earth Week at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point April 17-22.
Two keynote speakers will give presentations on campus, both free of charge and open to the public.
An environmental advocate known as the Planetwalker, John Francis will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 20, at the Dreyfus University Center (DUC) Alumni Room, as well as lead a silent walk through Schmeeckle Reserve at noon that day. Meet at the Schmeeckle Parkway Pavilion.
Francis, who wrote the book “Planetwalker” about his experiences, took a vow of silence for 17 years, did not use motorized transportation for 22 years and has traveled the world carrying a message of respect for the earth. The National Geographic Society’s first Education Fellow, he is the program director of Planetwalk, a nonprofit environmental awareness organization.
At 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, Dan Terrio, the diversity and inclusion officer for Milwaukee County, will present “In Full Circle: Interconnectivity of Relationships and the Journey to Human Beingness,” in the DUC Laird Room. Using his own experiences, Terrio shares that resiliency, healing, strength and good can come from less than perfect circumstances. His goal is to mobilize individuals to strengthen their symbiotic relationships to lead with a culture of belonging and inclusion.
A Symbiotic Sustainability Panel will be held at 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 18, in College of Professional Studies Room 116. UW-Stevens Point representatives will talk about campus sustainability, including Professor Annie Wetter, nutrition; Professor Chris Diehm, philosophy; Professor John Lynch, music; Associate Professor Cady Sartini, wildlife; and LaVonne Cornell-Swanson, provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs
The annual Environmental Educators and Naturalists Association (EENA) Eco Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 19, in the DUC Laird Room, featuring local businesses and student organizations with a sustainability focus.
A Rally Against Fossil Fuels will be held from 2-4 p.m. Thursday, April 20, at The Sundial, with a walk to Old Main.
Students will “Chalk the Walk for Earth Day” at the UW-Stevens Point campus on Saturday, April 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and at UWSP at Marshfield April 20-21.
Learn about these and other events, sponsored by the UW-Stevens Point’s Office of Sustainability and other groups on campus, at the Office of Sustainability Facebook page.