Celebrating and appreciating the planet only one day out of the year is definitely not enough. The Associated Students Environmental Center is taking matters into their own hands by hosting Earth Week, the one-week countdown to the main event.

On Thursday, April 19, members from Appalachian Voices, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting natural resources, will talk about mountaintop removal coal mining, which is coal mining that results in destroying the land on the mountain it is being mined from, and its detrimental consequences. This event will be held at 6 p.m in Miller Hall 152.

On Friday, April 20, a screening of Carbon Nation, a documentary about finding climate slutions, will be held at 8 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Director and producer Peter Byck will be present and will respond to questions after the screening.

Saturday, April 21 will be booming with activity. The Earth Day Festival will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Viking Union Multipurpose Room. This festival is an annual tradition, said Hilary McGowan, AS Environmental Center coordinator.

She said there will be live music, booths set up by community members and organizations, a scavenger hunt, a tie-dye workshop and a chance to win a free hybrid mountain bike.

The Earth Day Concert will follow the festival. This is a collaborative event with AS Productions Pop Music, McGowan said. This show will feature Seattle-based band, Hey Marseilles. Opening for the band will be local talent, Campfire OK. The performance is at 7:30 p.m in the PAC.

Tickets are $10 for general audience members and $5 for students when purchased ahead of time. At-the-door ticket sales will be increased by $2.

The main event on Sunday, which is actual Earth Day, will be a multitude of educational and service opportunities. The EC will partner with the Outback to give tours of the Outback Farm and host a work party for students who want to volunteer, McGowan said.
There will be free food and an open forum at the outdoor stage, she said.

“The open discussion will ask questions about how we feel about the Earth, how has Earth Day impacted us, and whatever else people may want to discuss,” she said. “The stage will be an open space if people want to speak, discuss [or] perform.”

Attendees will also receive a native plant, a gift from the Environmental Center and the Outback, she said.

Later, Keith McHenry, co-founder of Food Not Bombs, a movement that seeks to feed people who are hungry, will give a presentation and speak about his experience at 2 p.m. in Academic West 210.