Earth Week

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Saturday, April 16

The WWU Spring Clean

Shift 1: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Shift 2: 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
[space is limited!]
Location: Downtown Bellingham

This is your chance to roll up your sleeves and do some direct community service, helping clean up flowerbeds, lay on some fresh paint, and help make our downtown shine as we prepare for spring. Food, drink, tools, and gloves will be provided. Be sure to wear clothes you can get messy with dirt or paint and layer up for the weather. Staff and faculty are welcome too!

Sign-up directly with the Bellingham Downtown Partnership, the host and operator for this event.

Monday, April 18

Earth Week Keynote Speaker Event: Indigenous Identity and the Environment

Time: 4:30 p.m.
Location: AW 210

This event features a series of guest speakers who will share their work and experiences related to Indigenous environmental movements.

Please join us in hearing from several young Indigenous leaders to help kick off our Mother Earth Day week. Bella James will share about the Salmon People Project and Children of the Setting Sun Productions, Free Borsey will share about the CSSP Mother Earth Day event and Santana Rabang will share about her journey to MIT for Earth Day.

The Dean of Fairhaven College, Dr. Caskey Russell, will speak about his experiences with Indigenous movements, including his time at Standing Rock during the resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline.

AS Vice President for Diversity, Naira Gonzales Aranda, will talk about Indigenous identity, family history, the TIPNIS Indigenous movement, and other BIPOC led environmental movements.

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Click here for the livestream of this event via Zoom

Tuesday, April 19

Expedition Reclamation - Film Screening with Panel Discussion

Expedition Reclamation trailer image

Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Fraser Hall 102

Documentary screening aiming to redefine “outdoorsy” and reclaim outdoor belonging for Black, Indigenous and Women of Color by highlighting their joyful, resilient, and transformative relationships to outdoor recreation. Panel with Erin Joy Nash, Samara Almonte, and Teizeen Mohamedali will follow.

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Learn more about the film at:

WATCH the trailer

Wednesday, April 20

Sustainability Campus Tour

photo of a sculptural woolly mammoth head protruding from the soil of a campus landscaping area

Time: 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Location: The tour will begin at the Performing Arts Center (PAC) Plaza (between the Viking Union & PAC)

The Sustainability Engagement Institute (SEI) will lead a tour highlighting recent sustainability initiatives on campus. Come learn about the repurposed inner courtyard of historic Miller Hall, how Fisher Fountain in Red Square is controlled by a windmill, and so much more! The Sustainability, Equity, & Justice Fund (SEJF) team will talk about how you can apply for grant funding as well!

Accessibility notice: this tour spans about a mile of campus, part of which includes dirt paths and staircases. For accessibility accommodations, please contact

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End of the Line - Documentary Screening

image shows the title of the film, End of the Line: The Women of Standing Rock, and above the title shows indigenous women making prayerful gestures in front of a barbed wire barrier. At the bottom of the image is a scene of protest with the American flag on fire. Icons show that the film won awards at both the Docpoint and Slamdance film festivals.

Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Viking Union 552

The award-winning film, End of the Line: The Women of Standing Rock, focuses on the efforts of Indigenous women to stop the Dakota Access oil pipeline construction which threatened their cultural heritage, land, and water, putting their lives at risk in the process. Content warning: violence, mentions of systemic racism and abuse. Free popcorn will be provided.
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Learn more about the film at:

WATCH the trailer

Thursday, April 21

Even The Rain - Film Screening and Q&A

movie poster for Even The Rain, featuring the two main stars, Luis Tosar and Gael Garcia Bernal. Also shows a helicopter airlifting a huge wooden cross

Time: 5:00 p.m.
Location: Miller Hall 138

The plot concerns a Spanish film crew who unexpectedly find themselves in a moral crisis when they and their crew arrive in Bolivia, during the intensifying Cochabamba Water War. Stay after the showing for a facilitated Q&A with speakers Naira Gonzales Aranda and Dr. Blanca Aranda Gomez from the Latin American Studies faculty.

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Friday, April 22

Earth Day Festival & Market

Image of a colorful illustration of WWU's Red Square with a food truck and fountain in the background and food vending stands in the foreground, with seven people roaming the square in brightly colored clothing, representing students of many ethnicities. Some students are shopping, some are talking, one student is using a wheelchair to browse the booths. Text reads: Earth Day Festival 2022, Red Square 12 - 4, April 22

Time: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location: Red Square

Come celebrate with us! We will have live music and food vendors with tasty treats like waffles, kimchi, bakery sweets, and vegan sandwiches. Shop for local, handcrafted products and try your luck at the prize wheel. We have hundreds of freebies, like bamboo cutlery, beeswax wraps, extra wide steel straws (for boba!), and more!

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Mother Earth Day Celebration

Poster image for the Mother Earth Day Event. Background is dark with faint green leaves. Text reads: Now' Siam, Please join us in celebrating Mother Earth Day. Enjoy inspiring youth speakers and beautiful music from a Lummi song and dance group! Friday, April 22, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at Maritime Heritage Park

Time: 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Location: Maritime Heritage Park

The Mother Earth Day Celebration led by youth is an event hosted by Children of the Setting Sun Productions. Our goal is to bring awareness to the environmental impacts caused by unsustainable practices and the importance of taking action now all voiced by youth. The Laq'temish singer will also be in attendance at the event sharing traditional songs and dances.

Before and after the event, there will be an opportunity to stroll through booths set up by local organizations who are working toward a sustainable future. You can make pledges to these organizations and find different ways you can take action now.

More details can be found here or on the Facebook event page.

Princess Mononoke Outdoor Movie Showing

Princess Mononoke sitting atop her giant wolf companion in the forest

: 8:30 p.m. - 10:45 p.m.

Location: Communications Lawn (If Rain or wet grass: AW 204 and 210)

Join us for a showing of the Studio Ghibli film, Princess Mononoke. The movie takes place in a fantasy world in the 14th century where the harmony between humans, animals, and the gods is in danger. Bring your own blankets and folding chairs for seating! We will provide a few folding chairs for accessibility but will mostly rely on students bringing their own seating.

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Saturday, April 23

NSEA Community Work Party and Pizza Feed

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Time: 8:15 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Location: Blaine, Bus will leave from WWU campus PAC Plaza

Join the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association for a Community Work Party at California Creek in Blaine. Free t-shirts and raffle on site, while supplies last. Meet at the PAC Plaza to leave campus at 8:15 via the shuttle bus to arrive at the Blaine location at 9 am. Pizza feed will take place at 12:45 back on campus. To participate, you must register through this form on WIN (Western Involvement Network).

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