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April 2, 2013

Earth Day is Monday, April 22, but Arizona State University is making the whole month of April a time to celebrate the natural world we all depend on. The Tempe and Polytechnic campuses feature a wide variety of events for Earth Month 2013 that you can get involved in.

For instance:

- Wrigley Lectures featuring England’s resident climate change expert Sir Crispin Tickell and science historian Naomi Oreskes

- Sustainability Series discussions with Local First Arizona’s Kimber Lanning and ASU’s Morrison Institute co-founder Richard Morrison

- film screenings of “A Fierce Green Fire” and “A Place at the Table: One Nation, Underfed”

- backyard date palm harvesting workshops

- Earth Week Festival

Farmers Market @ the ASU Tempe campus

- local community gardening

- southwest storytelling workshop

- organic food eating contest

So why participate in Earth Month 2013, you ask? Maybe Nick Brown, director of University Sustainability Practices, can persuade you:

“We remain inspired about things that truly resonate with our realities,” Brown says. “If Earth Month speakers, writers, and events inform us about the true need to recycle, conserve energy, reduce water use, and live a simpler lifestyle, we’ll continue to do those things throughout the year. The durability of a message, and our willingness to act on it, are as good as our recognition of the Earth Month message as a fundamental truth.”

In layman’s terms, you should enjoy Earth Month because we only have one planet, and it is up to us to take care of it. Plus, there’s going to be free food, music, games, and camaraderie.

Get all the latest ASU Earth Month 2013 updates by following us on Twitter at @ASUGreen or searching for #EarthMonth2013.

See a complete schedule of events: http://sustainability.asu.edu/events/rsvp/earth-month-2013.

By Natalie Muilenberg

Editor Assistant, Global Institute of Sustainability

nmuilenb@asu.edu