Would it make a difference if everyone in world turned off their lights for one hour on one day? It sure does! This Saturday at 8:00 pm is Earth Hour. Turn off your lights, lights some candles, have a quiet (or romantic) hour and think about the world of good you are doing. For more information, check out http://www.earthhour.org/.
An interesting new science series with one of my favorite scientists, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, premiered on Fox last week. It is an attempt to promote science literacy and bring sound scientific information, like that of climate change, to an audience that may have doubts. Neil DeGrasse Tyson expressed the ability to air a show like this on Fox as a way to educate those that are not part of the choir. Tyson has been vocal about his frustrations of the media using the excuse of providing viewers with an equal and balanced presentation of the “facts” of climate science to promote political agendas. “The media has to sort of come out of this ethos that I think was in principle a good one, but it doesn’t really apply in science,” Tyson said. “The ethos was, whatever story you give, you have to give the opposing view. And then you can be viewed as balanced.” In regard to this topic, Tyson emphasizes a point that President Obama made last about not giving time to the “flat earthers”. He uses the idea of not talking any more about the very old idea that the earth was once flat versus the fact of it being round to compare to the political debate of climate scientists and the climate deniers of today. “Plus, science is not there for you to cherry pick…You can decide whether or not to believe in it but that doesn’t change the reality of an emergent scientific truth.”
If you missed the first episode, you can check it out here: http://www.cosmosontv.com/watch/195050051992.
Well, we did it again. Earth Day or Earth Week isn’t enough for Moraine Valley…no, no, we celebrate all year long, of course, but this year we’re giving special attention during the month of April- or as we endearingly call it, Earth Month. And… This April actually has to carry over into May! Sheesh. It’s great, for real, just hang on to the safety bar because it’s going to be fast, fun ride!
Stay tuned for a full line up and schedule both here in this blog, on our sustainability Facebook page and our college sustainability webpage. Until then, I hope you talk this up with your students, friends and colleagues.
Of special notice is this great opportunity for our students. The Student Sustainability Summit is one day of professional development and networking for college students. They will learn about the sustainability of food with speakers and workshops. The event is free, they will be fed wonderful food, and special to non-students— we can attend the keynote speaker! Please register. Click the flyer below.