Barry McNamara  |   Published April 11, 2017

Earth Week

‘Everything we do, know, make and love is entirely dependent on a healthy planet’
Monmouth College will observe Earth Week April 18-23 with two talks by guest lecturers, the screening of an award-winning documentary and a tree planting at LeSuer Nature Preserve.

“Earth Week is a chance to remind ourselves that everything we do, know, make and love is entirely dependent on a healthy planet,” said biology professor Ken Cramer. “While we should remember this every day, Earth Week is a chance to learn about our effects on our environment and how we can reduce our impacts and live sustainably. Finally, it’s also a chance to participate in meaningful action, however small, to reach that goal.”

Science faculty from two neighboring institutions will speak April 18 and April 20 in the Center for Science and Business. In between, on April 19, the movie Chasing Ice will be shown. All three events will begin at 7 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

On April 18, ornithologist Brian Peer of Western Illinois University will speak about “Cowbirds, Conservation and Coevolution: Separating Fact from Fiction.” His talk will be in Room 276.

At WIU, Peer teaches courses on ecology, biosystematics and evolution, ornithology, and animal behavior. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Manitoba.

On April 20, Peter Schwartzman of Knox College will speak in Pattee Auditorium about “Renewable Energy.”

Trained as a climatologist, Schwartzman studies the influence of humans on future climate change. He received his Ph.D. in environmental sciences from the University of Virginia.

On April 19, Chasing Ice will be shown in Pattee Auditorium. The film tells the story of environmental photographer James Balog’s mission to gather evidence of climate change. Within months of his first trip to Iceland, Balog conceived the boldest expedition of his life: the extreme ice survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, he deployed revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.

Following the movie, there will be a discussion about climate change solutions.
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