This week is Earth Week!

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Spring is finally in the air–the sun’s out, the Main Green is actually green, and people are talking about the great weather we’ve been having instead of living in perpetual fear of more snow. Basically, it’s time to get outside and celebrate the wonderful planet we inhabit.

In that spirit, Brown’s annual Earth Week is happening from April 20th to April 26th. The week is jam-packed with a ton of fun and exciting events, so make sure to check them out! The full schedule for the week is below:

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There are so many events happening that everyone (even you!) has an opportunity to take some time to give back to our planet. And, of course, outside of the events, this week provides the perfect backdrop for taking the initiative to be more eco-friendly. Whether it’s going on the Blackstone Bike Ride, taking a shorter shower, or going to the Earth Day Dinner, join campus by getting in the green spirit and celebrating Earth Week 2015!

Images via Paul Wojtal.


This week is Earth Week

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Today marked the beginning of a week-long effort to raise awareness about the environment in honor of Earth Day. There will be events all week long that will focus on such topics as water access, food sustainability, and carbon emissions. You might have noticed a 32-foot-tall balloon on the Main Green today. This balloon represented one ton of carbon dioxide. Through the Divest Coal and Do It In The Dark campaigns, Brown actually reduced its CO2 emissions by 5 tons, enough balloons to fill up a substantial part of the Main Green. Read after the jump to embrace your inner tree-hugger and see what events are lined up for the week.

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An Earth Day special: Meatless Mondays

After sampling Tuesday’s poor excuse for fusion cuisine (need you be reminded of los tacos del refectorio Sharpe?), this die-hard omnivore wondered: perhaps it’s time for a change of pace at BUDS?  After CFF at the V-Dub and eating seven of these over the weekend, it’s appropriate to wonder: do any of us really need meat when we trudge back to the Ratty for the first lunch of the week?

Call it blasphemy, but perhaps it’s time to take a leaf out of Yale’s book.  No, we don’t mean that Brown students should make a nauseatingly campy admissions video.  “Meatless Mondays” is a new initiative pioneered by the Yale Student Environment Coalition to raise student consciousness about eating sustainably and reducing the university’s carbon footprint.  If, like Yale Dining, BUDS committed to make its Mondays meatless (or Tuesdays, or Wednesdays, or Thursdays), maybe Brown students could learn a thing or two about living without being hooked up to an IV of meat.

Now, this blogger enjoys la charcuterie alsacienne just as much as the next person.  But when it’s a choice between brackish chana masala and rock-hard pork chops, why not give old Mother Nature a hand?