MDC’S North Campus
Celebrates Virtual Earth Day 2021
Every year, on Earth Day (April 22), 1 billion people around the world mobilize into action through a concerted effort to promote sustainable practices, clean energy, conservation, plant-based consumption, and overall wellness of our planet and its biodiversity.
The North Campus of MDC will celebrate this year’s theme “Restore our Earth” by coming together remotely through collaboration between students, faculty, staff, administrators, North Campus Green Team and MDC’s Earth Ethics Institute. MDC aims to educate and inspire the college community in driving change for global literacy, wellness, and sustainability.
“Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference.”- Jane Goodall, Primatologist and Anthropologist
As part of the College’s ongoing commitment to earth’s conservation, the week-celebration will include digital submissions of students’ work, interactive events, lectures, and resources to promote environmental awareness and to support sustainable practices aimed to ensure the future of our planet.
The events will take place each day virtually. MDC North Campus will provide videos or live broadcasts of activities to engage participants remotely. Links to resources and other regional, national, and international digital events will be provided to garner appreciation as well as global participation in Virtual Earth Week 2021.
All events and resources will be archived for future use by faculty and students at https://libraryguides.mdc.edu/SustainabilityTeam.
Why Listening Circles?
As we move deeper into the reality that the Climate Crisis, the Covid Pandemic, the loss of ecosystems, etc. are becoming the 'new normal' and will be with us for the foreseeable future, it is also becoming apparent that we also may want to think about connecting with each other to share our own sense of sadness or grief, or what is now being referred to as ecological anxiety or climate-grief. By bringing our own sense of sadness or grief into the light of day, we are beginning the process of working through the sense of disconnectedness or isolation. As they say when flying, put your own air mask on first before trying to help someone else.
Calendar of Events
Week of April 19-22
Monday, April 19, 2021: Earth Day 2021 #MDCMeatlessMonday
Learning Resources director Mr. Israel Sanchez will kick off the Earth Day 2021, week celebrations with the #MDCMeatlessMonday challenge. We invite you to take on this challenge by eating plant-based foods all-day, Monday, April 19. Share a video of your meal prep, or a picture of your meal. For ideas on plant-based, climate-friendly meals, please visit our Green Team’s LibGuide: https://libraryguides.mdc.edu/greenteam. Enter your submission via Microsoft Form or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Time: Asynchronous Event
Contact: Israel Sanchez, Campus Director of Learning Resources, email@example.com
Wednesday, April 21, 2021: Green Chemistry Presentation by Dr. Andreina Aguado Jimenez
Join Dr. Jimenez in an engaging conversation about “Green Chemistry”. Green chemistry, also called sustainable chemistry, is an area of chemistry and chemical engineering focused on the design of products and processes that minimize or eliminate the use and generation of hazardous substances. See how you can make easy changes and contribute to atom economy.
Contact: Prof. Andreina Aguado Jimenez
Weeklong: The Great Global Cleanup 2021
Whether you join a local cleanup organization or you do it individually, you can make a big difference. Join the global effort to clean up areas in your local community. Share your pictures or videos with MDC North Campus to be featured in our North Campus News. Use the hashtag #NorthCampusCleanup.
Contact: Tiina Lombard
Tuesday, April 20, 2021: Learn How to Compost at Home
Composting can drastically reduce that amount of solid waste we put in our garbage. Professor Kuhn will play a video on how to make a homemade compost. Professor Kuhn will discuss:
Contact: Tina Kuhn & Tammy Laberge
April 22, 2021: Student Showcase of PBL Projects on Plastic Pollution Solutions
Students will explore the global plastic pollution problem in their GSELS-related psychology course. In small PBL groups they will research the plastic problem and generated viable solutions. They will apply social psychology methods to reach other students and members of the community to engage them in mitigating the plastic pollution problem.
Time: 11:20 am – 12:30 pm
Contact: Ginny Peterson-Tennant
Learning Resources invites you to read the ebook, Sustainability Made Simple: Small Changes for Big Impact remotely. Explore sustainability and sustainable living, from the relationship between everyday life and the intricate global environmental issues of today, to simple changes you can make to lead a more sustainable life.
Location: Read ebook at https://tinyurl.com/sustainabilitybook
Contact: Erin Fennell