Go green! Your guide to RCC’s Earth Week

The community is invited to attend free Earth Week events, April 16-19, 2018, hosted by the RCC Green Team celebrating the Earth’s natural resources, promoting their protection for future generations, increasing your awareness, and finding ways to get involved in sustainability and stewardship.

AT THE RIVERSIDE CAMPUS
Higher Education Center
(HEC 127/129, 101 S Bartlett St., Medford)

Lunch and Learn: Science, Faith and Climate Change. Drop in for a free lunch and informational presentations by local experts. There will be a series of three discussions:

• Monday, April 16 – 12-12:30 p.m., “Avoiding FUBAR on Climate Change: Mother Earth Needs Us to Act” by Dominick Dellasala, Ph.D., president and head scientist at Geos Institute in Ashland. FUBAR is a WWII term used for when things are so messed up they are unrecognizable. This is the Earth we are headed for due to human-caused climate change. There is still time to act by switching to clean energy sources and protecting forests. This will be a provocative talk to stimulate interest in taking action for the Earth.

 • Tuesday, April 17 – 12-12:30 p.m., “Creation Justice: A Christian View of Climate Change” by the Rev. Caren Caldwell, United Church of Christ. How do Christianity and science coexist? In what ways does Christianity include an environmental ethic? What is the Christian motivation for caring for the Earth and acting to solve climate change? This talk will explore these questions.

• Wednesday, April 18 – 12-12:30 p.m., “Climate Weirding, Whitehouse Rhetoric, and Public Land Policy” by Jon Raybourn, Bureau of Land Management, Medford District Office. The growing body of science behind Global Anthropogenic Climate Change (GACC) seems to many scientists to be undeniable. Yet climate change denialists have been effective in dismantling the federal regulatory framework. A recent example of changes in the management of gas and oil production is worth studying to connect the dots between our process and the people.

Earth Day Festival of informational presentations on Thursday, April 19 from noon to 2 p.m. The Green Team is collaborating with the RCC Science department and the Associated Student Government (ASG) of RCC to host this event.
• Local environmental organizations will be sharing information.
• RCC chemistry students will be presenting their research on environmental and sustainability topics.
• Enjoy a student-guided tour of the green features of the Higher Education Center, awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) platinum.
• Electronic items will be collected for re-use and recycling.
• RCC students who visit 10 booths can enter to win gift certificates to local businesses.
• The ASG of Riverside Campus is providing free lunch.

Earth Day Evening Forum later on Thursday, April 19 from 5-7:30 p.m., the Green Team is collaborating with the RCC Diversity Programming Board and SO Health-E to present “The Landscape of Environmental Justice” in the Medford public library’s large meeting room at 205 S. Central Avenue. Regional experts on food, pollinators, and the proposed LNG pipeline will discuss how these topics relate to climate change, health issues and racial and ethnic disparities and how to empower communities. Join them for a FREE dinner, served at 5 p.m., and discussion, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. If you plan to eat dinner with them, please register for the event by visiting http://bit.ly/2pMXUHp.

Featured speakers include:
• Ahna Kruzic, Director of Publications and Communications at Food First, a nonprofit based in Oakland, California.
• Lisa Arkin, Executive Director of Beyond Toxics in Eugene, Oregon, providing innovative leadership for the statewide environmental justice organization since 2005.
• Ada Ball, Kahosadi/Dakubetede/Modoc/Klamath, is a Native organizer based out of Eugene, Oregon.

AT THE REDWOOD CAMPUS
Student Center
 and Fountain (3345 Redwood Highway, Grants Pass)

Earth Day Festival of informational presentations on Thursday, April 19 from noon to 2 p.m. The Green Team is collaborating with the RCC Science department, and the Associated Student Government (ASG) of RCC to host this event.
• Local environmental organizations will be hosting information tables.
• RCC chemistry students will be presenting their research on environmental and sustainability topics.
• ASG of Redwood Campus is providing free lunch.
• Take guided tours of RCC’s green features (sustainability initiatives) such as the 127-tree arboretum and the rain garden.
• Electronic items will be collected for re-use and recycling.
• From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., shop the AAWCC-RCC Clothing Sale. All clothing was donated by community members to help raise student scholarships and programs funds.

For more information, about this event, contact Erika Giesen at egiesen@roguecc.edu.

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