April 18, 2017

St. Kate's Earth Week activities culminate at March for Science

Photo by Catherine Tsen '11

In 1970, the first Earth Day brought together 20 million Americans to launch what is now considered the modern day environmental movement. This week, St. Kate’s joins a billion people from nearly 200 countries worldwide to “diversify, educate and activate” about the impact of climate change on our environment.

With an eye to sustainability and environmental protection, throughout the week student groups across campus will give talks, screen a film, host a clothing swap, and more. Earth Week activities culminate on Earth Day (Saturday, April 22) with participation in March for Science–Minnesota. Student organizers were thrilled to find out that Minnesota was planning a local partner march.

“I knew right away we had to participate, and when I heard that it was happening on Earth Day, I knew it was the perfect way to top off our week’s activities,” says Nicole Szyszka '17, student sustainability coordinator for Earth Week. “I feel that it’s really important for students to have access to the opportunity of going to the State Capitol, and knowing that St. Kate’s is supporting them.”

Szyszka herself will be at the March in Washington, D.C. Her Summer Scholars research team is presenting at Posters on the Hill early next week.

St. Kate’s BioClub, the School of Humanities, Arts and Sciences, and Campus Ministry are organizing two buses to the local march in St. Paul. Seating is limited. Participants can reserve a ride here: http://stkat.es/sci-march.

​Full list of activities

Tuesday, April 18

Pope Francis and Earth Week
Location TBD, 12–1 p.m.

Science March Prep: Logistical Info and Sign Making
R-M Seminar Room, 6:30–7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 19

Republic Waste Facility Tour
10 a.m.

Food Justice Coalition Garden Tabling
2nd Floor CDC, 12–1 p.m.

Movie Screening of "At the Fork"
Mendel 101 at 7 p.m.

Thursday, April 20

Fashion Association's Clothing Swap
2nd Floor CDC, 11:30 a.m. –1:30 p.m.

Alternative Bake Sale
2nd Floor CDC, 3 p.m.

Sustainability Panel
Rauenhorst Ballroom, 6:30–8:30 p.m.

Friday, April 21

Biology Club Honey Salad Days
2nd Floor CDC or Community Garden, 11:30 a.m. –1:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 22

St. Kate's at March for Science–MN
Minnesota State Capitol, 11 a.m. –2 p.m.
Buses from St. Kate’s leave at 9:30 a.m. and return at 3 p.m. (approximate return depending on traffic)
Reserve a ride here: http://stkat.es/sci-march

Saturday, April 29

CSJ Earth Day
CSJ Community Garden, 9 a.m. –12 p.m.
1884 Randolph Ave. West Lawn

By Sharon Rolenc