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  • Earth Month Events 

    Week 3: Monday, April 14- Sunday, April 20 

    Elwha River Camping with OAR
    Friday, April 18, 8:00AM- Saturday, April 19, 7:00PM, Port Angeles

    Come see the majestically restored Elwha River on a car-camping adventure! We will be exploring the once dammed Elwha River, hiking, and talking about Pacific Northwest ecology and environmental effects of dammed rivers. Join us for a beautiful overnight trip on the Olympic Peninsula to see the salmon run! And s’mores. Don’t forget the s’mores. This trip is limited to 8 students. The total cost is $10; registration is required. For more information, go to http://www.seattleu.edu/recreation/oar/ or contact outdoor@seattleu.edu

    All Creation is Groaning: A Good Friday Public Liturgy
    Friday, April 18, 12:00-2:00PM

    Join with liked-minded people at a small park along the Duwamish River where you can both be in nature and amid our destruction of it. We invite you to join us for prayer, song, proclamation and sharing of our own stories, images and hopes for how the "children of God" can help to set creation free from the oppression it is under. Go to the Facebook page for more information.

    Tulip Festival Pedal with OAR 
    Saturday, April 19, 9:00AM-4:00PM

    Are you a lover, grower, or appreciator of flowers? Come join OAR as we cycle through tulip fields to raise money for Safe Kids Skagit County. We will ride about 20 miles between Mount Vernon and La Conner; past breathtaking views of Samish and Padilla bays, Mount Baker and the Cascade foothills. And better yet we will do this while being surrounded by a bounty and wide variety of tulips at the annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. Come get your flower power on!  Must be able to bring your own bike. This trip is limited to 6 students. The total cost is $10, and registration is required. For more information, go to http://www.seattleu.edu/recreation/oar/ or contact outdoor@seattleu.edu    

    Beacon Hill Food Forest Service Event 
    Saturday, April 19, 10:00AM-3:00PM, Meet at Campion Hall, then vanpool to Beacon Hill Food Forest

    Join the Earth and Society Learning Community for a service project at the Beacon Hill Food Forest. The goal of the Beacon Food Forest is to design, plant and grow an edible urban forest garden that inspires the community to gather together, grow our own food and rehabilitate our local ecosystem. Sign up for this event at Campion Hall Front Desk starting April 7th. For more information, contact Christina Sheehan, sheehan3@seattleu.edu.

    Week 4: Monday, April 21- Sunday, April 27 

    SU Grounds Dept. 5th Annual Plant Give-Away and Gardening Celebration
    Tuesday, April 22, 11:30-1:00PM, Broadway Community Garden (next to the 10th and E. Columbia parking lot)

    The Grounds Department will be giving away vegetable starts, seeds and gardening advice. For more information, contact Janice Murphy, janicem@seattleu.edu.   

    Bio Char Burner Demonstration
    Tuesday, April 22, 12:30-2:00PM, Broadway Community Garden (next to the 10th and E. Columbia parking lot) 

    Biochar is the carbon-rich charcoal made when locally available crop, yard, food and wood waste or manure is heated with little or no available oxygen.  Biochar is applied to soil to increase crop yields, improve soil fertility, and provide carbon storage.  Come watch SeaChar.org volunteer David McInturff demonstrate how biochar is made.  What is biochar?  For more information, contact Shannon Britton, brittons@seattleu.edu.   

    NY Times Best-Selling Author Vicki Robin Presents "Money, Food and Resilience: Living with Enough"
    Tuesday, April 22,
    7:00-8:30PM, Pigott Auditorium

    In the course of our lives we'll eat approximately 6 tons of food, own 6 cars, live in 11 homes, and wear countless items of clothing - yet all of this consumption is largely unconscious. We use, eat, and wear these items without much consideration of the core question for all of us: how much is enough and how do we know? Resilience is the ability of any system to recover from stress - be it an I-beam or a person or a community. Part of resilience is having what you need to survive and thrive. Another part is NOT having what you don't need, releasing rather than hoarding, spreading the wealth around so everyone has enough. New York Times best-selling author Vicki Robin has been a leading voice in sustainable consumption for over two decades. Her books, Your Money or Your Life and Blessing the Hands that Feed Us, help people understand consumption in the larger circle of their lives. Hosted by the Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability. For more information, contact Mike Schut at schutm@seattleu.edu

    Taylor Brorby: Notes from the Bakken Oil Fields
    Wednesday, April 23rd, 7:00-8:30PM, Casey Commons  

    Come hear Taylor Brorby, an environmental writer and teacher who has written for  Orion, The Huffington Post,  and  The EcoTheo Review  talk about the environmental impacts, sociological implications, and economic intricacies of the Bakken oil field and the North Dakota oil boom. North Dakota is currently second behind Texas in oil production; just last month production reached over 932,000 barrels of oil extracted each day. Sponsored by the Health & Wellness and Earth & Society learning communities.

    Climate Change Vespers 
    Thursday, April 24, 6:00PM, St. Ignatius Chapel

    This Earth Week come celebrate a vespers service integrating songs, prayers and reflections connected to climate change.  Sponsored by Campus Ministry and the Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability.

    Earth Week Sitting At The EcoSangha  
    Thursday, April 24, 7:30PM, St. Ignatius Chapel lobby

    The Seattle University EcoSangha, the Zen practice group on campus, is hosting a special Earth Day sitting. If you are new to Zen or have an established practice, come by and sit with us as we honor our relationship to the earth. For more information, go to http://www.seattleu.edu/campus-ministry/ecumenical/zen-meditation/.

    Caring for Place: Ecology, Ideology and Emotion in Traditional Landscape Management  
    Thursday, April 24, 4:00-5:30PM, Bannan 402

    Gene Anderson is one of the most widely read and experienced human ecologists/anthropologists working today. In his book Caring for Place: Ecology, Ideology and Emotion in Traditional Landscape Management, he shows that if we are going to transition to sustainable societies, caring for our place is how to start.  Marshaling decades of research on cultures across several continents, he shows how societies have been more or less successful in sustainably managing their environments based on religion, art, song, myth, and story.  The truism that ideology and emotion are central to any human-in-environment interaction is one that is too often overlooked by environmental researchers. Hosted by the College of Arts and Sciences and the Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability. For more information, contact Rob Efird at efirdr@seattleu.edu.

    Many Faiths, One World: An Interfaith Earth Day Gathering 
    Wednesday, April 30, 4:00-5:30 PM, Student Center 160

    Come hear speakers from five different traditions - an Orthodox rabbi, Muslim community leader, Episcopal priest, Zen Buddhist, and Swinomish tribal elder - on how faith puts us in touch with the natural world.  Sponsored by Campus Ministry.