Co-founder and executive editor of Yes! magazine Sarah Ruth van Gelder will highlight Fort Lewis College's Earth Week activities, which begin today.
Events continue almost daily through April 5 and include discussions about sustainability and environmental action plans, a greenhouse tour, a community garden training and more.
The theme is innovation.
"With the economic crisis and everyone on edge, students want to focus on possibilities," said Marcus Renner, coordinator of FLC's Environmental Center, which is hosting Earth Week events. "The students aren't throwing their hands in the air and waiting for others to solve the problem. They want to do something, and they want a community that supports people who try to get new ideas off the ground."
Today's event, at 6:30 p.m. at Chemistry Hall's Room 130, is a presentation by students who attended the recent Rocky Mountain Sustainability Summit in Boulder and the Powershift Conference in Washington, D.C. The students will discuss their experience, new directions for student activism and their work on the college's sustainability action plan.
Van Gelder will appear twice Tuesday. At 1 p.m. at Jones Hall, Room 140, she'll lead a discussion about the future of independent media in an era of online information and global consolidation. Subjects include things students need to know to work in independent media and how Yes! magazine has established itself as a leading source for progressive news and information.
At 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Memorial Student Lounge, van Gelder will give the week's keynote address on "Reasons to Believe: Top Innovations for Sustainability." The talk will highlight positive trends amid an economic crisis and global instability and show that a more just and sustainable world is already taking shape.
Since the launching of Yes! in 1996, van Gelder has directed the editorial content of the magazine, and written and spoken about climate change, the local economy movement, nonviolence and active peacemaking, food, water, universal health care, corporate power, happiness and nuclear disarmament.
Both events involving van Gelder are free to the public.