Earth Week kicked off on Friday at Brown University with a carnival.
Students tossed ping-pong balls into plastic cups with environmentally themed labels, shimmied under a limbo pole, planted vegetables in recycled bottles and engaged in other activities on the Main Green to commemorate the 41st annual Earth Day. The umbrella student environmental organization emPOWER organized the Earth Day carnival as well as a slew of events that will last through next Friday.
For the student organizers, Earth Day is about doing the little things to preserve the planet, such as recycling and taking the stairs instead of the elevator, rather than to attempt to solve larger, seemingly intractable problems such as curbing global warming.
"It's about doing whatever you can to make a difference," said Gretchen Gerlach, a freshman from Missoula, Montana. "It's doing the small things, changing your habits a little."
“I truly believe that everyone should be involved and aware of our planet and climate change,” said Sylvia Stone, a member of emPOWER and one of the lead organizers of Earth Day and Earth Week at Brown. “I’m excited about getting everyone as involved as possible.”
While the carnival served to celebrate Earth Day, the week ahead promises much more. Among the highlights:
Complete scheduling information and a listing of additional activities is online at: www.empowerbrown.org/earthweek