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Environmental Studies Program Announces Events for Earth Month

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March 16, 2018

Environmental Studies Program Announces Events for Earth Month

A myriad of events are scheduled for EarthMonth@OU2018, the University of Oklahoma’s third 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).

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 expert panel of members of Oklahoma environmental agencies focusing on the interplay between government and water. In addition, there will be a panel focusing on the intersection of faith and environment, a panel discussing low-impact development retrofitting for sustainable hydrologic restoration, an introduction and overview of OU’s Corix Plains Institute and the future of environmental research and education in Oklahoma.

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; the OU WaTER Center will host two experts who will discuss issues pertaining to drinking water treatment, water reuse and desalination; and the Anthropocene Lecture Series will host a presentation on “urban metabolism.”

Numerous other events sponsored by environmentally-minded student clubs will take place, including Green Week, Sooners without Borders and OUr Earth. Local organizations such as EarthRebirth will promote environmental awareness and activism throughout EarthMonth@OU2018.

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 26 with the Annual Water Day Events on the South Oval of OU by Sooners Without Borders. Most EarthMonth@OU2018 events will take place on the OU Norman campus with a few in downtown Norman, culminating with the City of Norman’s 17th Annual Earth Day Festival at Reaves Park on April 22.

Further details of events planned during this month-long celebration of environmental awareness can found on the EarthMonth@OU2018 website. For more information or accommodations, contact Liz Ross at eaross@ou.edu or (405) 325-0595.

Earth Month® is a registered trademark of Brad Follett and the Earth Month Network.