April is “Earth Month” at PSU. Common Ground, PSU’s environmental and social justice student organization, is sponsoring several events on the PSU campus during April in celebration of Earth Day 2009. Since events have been planned throughout April, the students are calling this year’s celebration “Earth Month 2009.” All events are free and open to the public.
The group is starting with an Environmental Film Series which will present one program a week for four weeks in April.
The first film, A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash, will be shown on Wednesday, April 8, at 7 p.m., in the Hartman Union Building Multipurpose Room on the PSU campus. This film delivers the argument that the era of cheap oil is in the past. It delves into the uncomfortable realities of a world that is both addicted to fossil fuels and blissfully unaware of the looming “peak oil” crisis. It debunks the conventional wisdom that oil production will continue to climb, and instead stares bleakly at a planet facing economic meltdown and conflict over its most valuable resource.
The schedule for the other films in the series is:
Wednesday, April 15, 7 p.m.,, Boyd Hall, Room 144. Chill Out: Campus Solutions to Global Warming. This will be a national Webcast featuring videos from across the country to show what campuses are doing to confront the problem of global warming.
Thursday, April 23, 7 p.m., Boyd Hall, Room 144. Everything’s Cool. This film is about how America finally “gets” the global warming message despite the misinformation campaign of industry-funded critics. Featured, among other people, are Bill McKibben (Middlebury College and key national global warming activist), Ross Gelbspan (Pulitzer Prize winning writer), and Dr. Heidi Cullen (meteorologist from The Weather Channel).
Tuesday, April 28, 7 p.m., Boyd Hall, Room 144. Kilowatt Ours: A Plan to Re-Energize America. The award-winning film Kilowatt Ours: A Plan to Re-Energize America is a timely, solutions-oriented look at one of America’s most pressing environmental challenges: energy. Filmmaker Jeff Barrie offers hope as he turns the camera on himself and asks, “How can I make a difference?” In his journey Barrie explores the source of our electricity and the problems caused by energy production including mountain top removal, childhood asthma, and global warming. Along the way he encounters individuals, businesses, organizations, and communities who are leading the way, using energy conservation, efficiency, and renewable green power – all while saving money and the environment. Madeline McElaney, from the NH Sustainable Energy Association, will present this film and lead a discussion of the issues it raises.
One major event returning for the second year is “Earth Jam 2009” – an outdoor celebration of Earth Month with solar-powered music and more. The event is scheduled for Sunday, April 19, beginning around 3 p.m., and continuing into the evening. It will take place on the lawn and amphitheater area behind Silver Center for the Arts. Audio for the bands will be powered by solar power from Sunweavers. In addition, the annual Environmental Fair, formerly held on campus during a weekday, will be combined with Earth Jam 2009 on Sunday. From approximately 3 – 6 p.m., a number of NH environmental and related organizations will have tables and displays about their work. Information on PSU’s environmental initiatives will be available, and a vehicle powered by used veggie-oil will be on display. Other events in “Earth Month” will be announced in the near future.