MSU hosts month-long Earth Celebration

On Wednesday morning, Dr. Running sat in the Leigh Lounge to talk to students about climate change and answer questions. Photo by Matt Williams
On Wednesday morning, Dr. Running sat in the Leigh Lounge to talk to students about climate change and answer questions. Photo by Matt Williams

In collaboration with the city of Bozeman and various local organizations, Montana State University will host a series of events this month for the Gallatin Earth Celebration (GEC). The schedule of lectures, hands-on experiences and demonstrations aims to increase and encourage environmental “education, outreach and service” within the Bozeman community.

 

“Earth Month” began Tuesday evening in Reynolds Recital Hall when Nobel Laureate and Regents Professor at University of Montana Dr. Steven W. Running lectured to a crowded auditorium. Titled “If I was in college now, what would I major in?” the talk addressed pressing environmental concerns and optimistically outlined students’ roles in shaping a more responsible future.

 

On Wednesday morning, Running was available for questions and discussion in the SUB’s Leigh Lounge. Phi Kappa Phi and the University Honors Program hosted Running’s appearance at MSU.

 

On April 5, Engineers Without Borders (EWB) will host the fifth annual Junk 2 Funk Recycled Fashion Show at the Best Western Grantree Inn. Showcasing sustainable fashions created by about 25 designers, the event will raise funds for clean water and sanitation projects in Kenyan primary schools and “spread EWB’s ideals of sustainability while encouraging creativity,” said Junk 2 Funk’s head coordinator Tanner Raph.

 

The show starts at 7 p.m. and offers a cash bar. Admission is $5 for students and $10 for the general public.

 

The 7th Annual Local Food Fair and Symposium will be in the SUB Ballrooms on Monday, April 8 from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. The fair will showcase local vendors, involve discussions and demonstrations and will end with a film.

 

Winona LaDuke, an environmental and Native American activist and the recipient of a multitude of awards and honors will give a lecture on Thursday, April 11.

 

“She is an activist that has the global pulse of environmental issues affecting Indigenous Nations,” said Marsha Small on behalf of the Society of American Indian Graduate Students, the event’s host. LaDuke’s free lecture, “Climate Change, Carbon, and Sustainable Futures – Re: Indigenizing Economics,” starts at 6:30 p.m. and will take place in Gaines Hall, Room 101.

 

The event series continues with glass collection on April 12, a waste sort on April 16, an electric car show on April 17, tree planting on April 22 and a do-it-yourself bike workshop on April 23. GEC events are made possible by Associated Students of Montana State University (ASMSU), the Network of Environmentally Conscious Organizations (NECO) and the MSU Office of Sustainability.