Earth Week, April 23-26 at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, will explore freshwater resources and car dependency with guest speakers, expositions, a film festival and exciting new technology.
The theme, "Connected by Rivers and Roads," focuses on the value of the natural environment and the risks of it being exploited.
"We're looking at rivers and the history of Wisconsin, and historically, rivers were the transportation highways of the state," said Linda Reid, associate professor of law and Earth Week co-chair. "Over time we switched from riverboats to automobiles and fossil fuels, and that changed the quality of rivers. We want people to realize that it's an ecosystem issue."
Highlights of this year's Earth Week event include:
Wesley Enterline, sustainability coordinator at UW-Whitewater, said even if environmental problems seem too overwhelming to solve, there are issues in our area that we can tackle. "Earth Week is meant to help frame the global issues we face with a local lens to show that we all can make a difference," Enterline said.
For a complete list of events, see http://www.uww.edu/sustainability/earthweek.
All activities are open to the public.