Activities include discussions of environmental justice and renewable energy
SPRINGFIELD -- Activities at the University of Illinois at Springfield observing Earth Week 2007 (April 16-20) will focus on two presentations: a talk by environmental activist Winona LaDuke and a panel discussion of the state's renewable energy sources. Both events will take place on the UIS campus and are free and open to the public.
LaDuke will speak on "Politics, Women, and Environmental Justice" at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17, in the Studio Theatre, located on the lower level of the Public Affairs Center.
A Native American activist, environmentalist, and writer, LaDuke is director of the White Earth Land Recovery Project, co-chair of the Indigenous Women's Network, and program director of Honor the Earth, an organization dedicated to the support of native environmental issues and sustainable communities. In 1996 and 2000 she was Ralph Nader's vice-presidential running mate on the Green Party ticket. LaDuke was named Woman of the Year by Ms. Magazine in 1997 and won the Reebok Human Rights Award in 1998. Her many books include All our Relations: Native Struggles for Land and Life (1999) and Recovering the Sacred: the Power of Naming and Claiming (2005).
A discussion of "The Future of Renewable Energy in Illinois" will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 19, in Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library. This panel will examine the challenges and promises of achieving a renewable energy future in the state and will also address energy policies and legislation aimed at reducing carbon emissions.
Panelists will include Rebecca Stanfield, state director of Environment Illinois; John Caupert, director of the National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville; Dr. Stephen Long, professor of Plant Biology and Crop Sciences at the U of I's Urbana-Champaign campus; and Dr. David Pimentel, professor of Ecology and Agricultural Sciences, Cornell University. Dr. Tih-Fen Ting, assistant professor of Environmental Studies at UIS, will moderate.
Those unable to attend in person can watch live webcasts of both these presentations at www.uis.edu/technology/uislive.html.
UIS sponsors of Earth Week events are the Center for State Policy and Leadership, Women's Center, and Students Allied for a Greener Earth. Co-sponsors include the Student Government Association, Division of Student Affairs, Speakers Award Committee, College of Public Affairs and Administration, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Diversity Task Force, and Women's Issues Caucus.
Earth Day -- April 20 -- has been an annual event since it was founded by Gaylord Nelson and organized by Denis Hayes in 1970 as a chance for people around the world to celebrate the planet and our responsibility toward it. Currently thousands of groups participate in the Earthday Network, actively promoting environmental causes at the community, regional, and global levels.
For more information about the presentations at UIS, contact the Center for State Policy and Leadership at 217/206-6576. For more information about Earth Day, go to www.earthday.org/.