PSA: It’s Earth Week!

Sure, you might have heard of Earth Day, but we at Brown celebrate Earth Week (hence the new BlogDH banner)! That’s right: an entire week dedicated to saving the planet and forming some eco-friendly habits. As Brown students are known for being ecologically conscious, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that there are a ton of events planned for this “green” week.

Below is a round-up of some of the most interesting events (with descriptions quoted from the Brown Earth Week web site) planned by the emPower committee:

Tuesday, April 22 (Earth Day!)

Event: Earth Day Dinner
Where: Ratty
When: Dinner (duh.)

The Ratty will have a local food night to celebrate Earth day. If that wasn’t enough, several food groups will also be there with yummy goodies!

Wednesday, April 23

Event: Yoga on The Green
Where: Ruth J. Simmons Quad
When: 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

“Get in touch with Mother Nature this Earth Week at Yoga on the Green! Co-sponsored by YAM, we’ll be hosting a special outdoor yoga class featuring all of your favorite tree poses and flying pigeons. You do not want to miss this opportunity to sun salute with the sun. There will be limited mats available, so better to bring your own if you can. If you haven’t tried open-air yoga, it rules.”

Thursday, April 24

Event: Canning Workshop
Where: Hillel Patio
When:  12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

“This workshop will show attendees the many benefits of value-added foods, and also how to make and store these foods. Taught by Jillian McGrath, we will be crafting some delicious pickles, salsas, jams and cheeses (and, of course, eating them too) while we learn how important canning is for food producers and consumers. It will be a great time to eat some hand-cooked food and learn the ways to keep it all from spoiling.”

Friday, April 25

Event: Film Screening — Growing Cities
Where: BERT Auditorium (Room 130)
When: 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

“A new documentary that examines the role of urban farming in America and asks how much power it has to revitalize our cities and change the way we eat. Come experience the only viewing available in Rhode Island!”

Saturday, April 26

Event: Community Fair
Where: Ruth J. Simmons Quad (Lincoln Field)
When: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

“A daylong fair open to the entire Providence community. The event will feature green vendors from across the city, including sustainable businesses, non-profits and restaurants touting local fare. Live entertainment will be provided by student musicians from Brown Unheard. Recycle-a-Bike will be hosting a bike safety workshop and used bike drive. Kids are encouraged to come draw their ideal green future, to be put in our eco-time capsule and buried on Waterman Street until 2030.”

Sunday, April 27

Event: East Bay Bike Ride
Where: Group meets at Faunce Arch before heading out
When: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

For the physically fit: “A 20-mile roundtrip bike ride along the scenic East Bay bike path. We’ll meet at Faunce Arch, ride to the RISD beach and hang out for a while, then ride back, possibly stopping for ice cream. If you want to come but don’t have a bike, talk to us about renting one for free from Bikes@Brown!”

All Week

Event: Bottle Sculpture
Where: Main Green & Wriston
I’m definitely going for this one; I didn’t even know you could sculpt bottles.

Phew! That’s a packed week! For the full list of events (yes, there are even more) go to this link. Not to sound too preachy, but you should definitely go for at least one. And yes, I know you’re super busy (what with midterms still going on and finals looming), but spending some time giving back to the planet is probably the best 30 minutes you’ll spend this week.

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