Monday, April 22nd is Earth Day. Earth Day is observed on April 22 and was started in the United States in 1970 by Senator Gaylord Nelson to create awareness for the Earth’s environment and to encourage conservation efforts. In 1990, Earth Day was taken international.
Now, every year on April 22, more than one billion people take part in Earth Day. Across the globe, individuals, communities, organizations, and governments acknowledge the amazing planet we call home and take action to protect it.
NIU’s Green Lens Environmental Film Festival continues this week with a variety of activities around the area. On Monday at NIU Montgomery Hall from 7-8:30pm, will be a screening of “Everglades of the North”, the story of the Kankakee Marsh. There will be a Q&A session following the film with producer, Tom Desch.
On Tuesday, April 23rd, at NIU Montgomery Hall from 7-8:30pm will be a screening of “My Village, My Lobster”, about commercial lobster diving in Nicaragua. Skype Q&A session following the film with director, Joshua Wolff.
Wednesday, April 24th brings a special preview screening of “Turtle Derby“. Every July 4th for the past 50 years a small hometown in Pennsylvania has held an annual turtle race – a fun event that sounds like something from a Mark Twain story. But this year the state outlawed collecting turtles from the wild because they’re becoming endangered. It’s a fun and funny opportunity to see what happens when tradition and environmental issues collide. Skype Q&A session following the film with director and producer, Todd Bieber. This will be held at NIU Montgomery Hall from 7-9pm Wednesday.
Thursday, April 25th is a Green Night Out. There will be special events and drink specials at local shops. Participate in Mini-Talks and Workshops from 5-8pm in downtown DeKalb. Green Night Out map click here. At the Egyptian Theatre from 6-10pm Thursday will be a Best of the Fest Film Screening and Environmental Fair. Tickets are required.
Other associated events include; the Committee for Preservation of Wildlife will be holding a plant sale on Thursday April 25th and Friday April 26th in the Montgomery Hall Auditorium lobby on the NIU campus from 10am to 3pm both days. There will be a pre-sale at The House Cafe on Monday, April 22nd from 5-7pm.
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