One of the great things I love about Ohio University is the intense networking between the campus and the town of Athens.
So much of the college is influenced by the town and vice-versa. You'll see townies chowing down at Baker Student Center or taking advantage of the free midnight movies in the student theater — and who can blame them? So it makes sense that OU and organizations all over Athens and beyond are collaborating for Earth Month 2009. There are events scheduled every day through the month of April focusing on the environment and sustainable activities. Events include wildflower indentification classes, nature trail restoration and even a Hip Hop Expo featuring artists, activists and performances centered on bridging the rural and urban gap through sustainability. Pretty fly, no?
So why is this called Bold & Uncensored, you ask?
The Ohio University Office of Sustainability answers:
"This year’s Earth Month theme, "Bold & Uncensored: Not your mama's environmental movement" refers to the ideas, individuals and developments that set us apart from generations past. Our mamas didn't talk about sustainability in the South Bronx. Our mamas didn't listen to evangelical reasons for respecting nature. Our mamas also didn't live in a world so uncomfortably close to climate thresholds that wrapping Arctic glaciers in reflective blankets was seriously considered as a strategy to combat climate change. And they certainly didn't use blogs to write about the 9 billion people who will soon be living on this planet. Though grounded in a long-established movement, our generation's approach to sustainability is world's apart from the literal and figurative environment of our elders. Bold & Uncensored is an acknowledgement of our responsibility, our unique challenges, and our unprecedented opportunity."
I plan on attending a few of the events here around Athens and bringing along my handy-dandy camcorder so you can get an uncensored view of the environmental movement going on here at OU that will hopefully inspire you to make your own bold move to help our environment. We may all live in different locations, but the atmosphere we breathe and the water we drink are a global commons. No one is exempt from the responsibility. I will leave you tonight with one of my favorite quotes by preservationist John Muir:
"When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world."