OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

OSU holds Earth Week celebration

04/16/1997

CORVALLIS - A series of speakers and demonstrations highlight Oregon State University's annual Earth Week Celebration, April 21-24. All activities are free and open to the public.

Focal point of the week is to celebrate the Earth and get out information to promote environmental awareness, said Rich Bowden, an OSU master's candidate in entomology who is organizing OSU Earth Week events.

Self-proclaimed storyteller and wilderness hermit Lou Gold will help start the week with "Lessons from the Ancient Forest: Earth Wisdom and Political Activism," at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 21 in OSU's Memorial Union East International Forum.

Gold will use slides and stories to illustrate his belief that America's ancient forests, wild salmon and other sectors of wilderness are at risk. He has presented his show some 600 times to more than 100,000 people.

The OSU Memorial Union Quad will be the scene of the Earth Week Information Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday and Tuesday (April 21-22). The fair features ways to decrease the environmental impacts of everyday life.

Oregon State's Earth Week celebration is part of the worldwide observance of Earth Day each April 22. The first Earth Day in 1970 rallied more than 20 million Americans from around the country to environmental issues. The event spread globally and on the 20th anniversary in 1990, more than 200 million people in 141 countries participated in environmental activities.

Earth Week at OSU includes: Monday, April 21

10 a.m.

Information Fair, featuring ways people can learn to live in closer harmony with the earth. Memorial Union Quad (through 2 p.m.).

10 a.m.

Jane Lubchenco, an internationally known researcher and educator at OSU, will talk on "Science for Sustainability," as she focuses on her belief that the world is entering the century of the environment and changes are needed. Memorial Union Room 206.

Noon

 

"Non-Economic Arguments for Biodiversity," will be presented by Peter List, OSU professor of philosophy. Memorial Union Room 206.

1 p.m.

"Salmon in Hot Water," a discussion by Hiram Li, OSU professor of fisheries and wildlife. Memorial Union American Indian Conference Room.

4 p.m.

"Oxygen: An Essential Biomolecule and an Environmental Mutagen," presented by Christopher Matthews, OSU distinguished professor and chairman of biochemistry and biophysics. Memorial Union Room 208.

7:30 p.m.

"Lessons from the Ancient Forest: Earth Wisdom and Political Activism," by Lou Gold, environmental activist. Memorial Union East International Forum.

Tuesday, April 22

10 a.m.

Information Fair, featuring ways people can learn to live in closer harmony with the earth. Memorial Union Quad (through 2 p.m.).

1 p.m.

"Nature Snatchers," a presentation by Bob Mason, OSU associate professor of zoology. Memorial Union American Indian Conference Room.

2 p.m.

"Green Politics," a discussion by Blair Bobier, statewide coordinator for the Pacific Party. Memorial Union American Indian Conference Room.

Thursday, April 24

4 p.m.

A discussion of Northwest fishery resources with representatives from the Center for Salmon Disease. Memorial Union Council Room.