City of Norman EarthMonth@OU2019 Proclamation
OU Environmental Studies Program Announces Events
A myriad of events are scheduled for EarthMonth@OU2019, the University of Oklahoma’s fourth annual celebration of Earth Month®. Typically celebrated during the month of April, and associated with Earth Day, April 22, the university highlights the importance of water by celebrating EarthMonth@OU during the 30 days between World Water Day (March 22) and Earth Day (April 22). This year, we are adding a bonus week to include our collaborators in the GreenWeek activities as well as the Norman City Earth Day Festival this April 28, 2019.
EarthMonth@OU consists of a series of complimentary campus and public events focused on local and global environmental concerns, particularly with respect to sustainability, and is sponsored by members of OU’s Environmental Portfolio and others.
Highlighted events this year include a distinguished speaker panel series on human-environment interactions, including an experts panel members of Oklahoma environmental agencies and OU researchers adding their expertice relating the nationally recognized speaker research info to our own local issues and current research. This year we highlight pollinator ecologist, environmental historians, environmental engineers working on superfund restoration sites and one of TIME's 100 Most Influential speaking on the interplay between faith and environmental issues.
During the 30-day period, the City of Norman’s Second Friday Art Walk will be environmentally themed; several films will explore connections among Native peoples and the natural world during the Native Crossroads Film Festival; environmental student groups will host two experts on environmentally sustainable nutrition and STEM undergrad research to graduate school preparations. Numerous other events sponsored by environmentally-minded student clubs will take place again, including Green Week, Sooners without Borders, OUr Earth, VEG Club, BioReach and the Student Environmental Coallition.
The aim of the observance is to bring the university, the City of Norman and the greater Oklahoma community together with leading professionals and experts in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities to discuss pressing environmental issues. Furthermore, organizers hope to heighten awareness, provide essential information and highlight OU’s crucial role in environmental stewardship.
Because World Water Day falls during Spring Break, the kickoff of EarthMonth@OU2018 begins on March 25 with the Annual Water Day Events on the South Oval of OU by Sooners Without Borders. Most EarthMonth@OU2019 events will take place on the OU Norman campus with a few in downtown Norman, culminating with the City of Norman’s 18th Annual Earth Day Festival at Reaves Park on April 28.
Further details of events planned during this month-long celebration of environmental awareness can found on the additional pages of this EarthMonth@OU website. For more information or accommodations, contact Liz Ross at email@example.com or (405) 325-0595.
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