Earth Week Brings Wide-Ranging Activities to ESF
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Earth Week '99 at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) features a full schedule of events including academic discussions and a performance by a band that represents an experiment in sustainable living.
Activities run from Monday, April 19, through Saturday, April 24.
The band Zendik will bring music with a message to the ESF campus. The band represents Zendik Farm, a 30-year-old cooperative community based in Vero Beach, Fla. Zendik's 65 artists and farmers- most between the ages of 15 and 30-advocate the development of new social, economic, political, and religious systems aimed at improving life and easing the burden on the earth.
"We demonstrate a new way of life, a way to live on the planet where we can get out of the rat race," said community member Jyre Zendik.
The community takes its name from a Sanskrit word meaning outsider, and many members use it as a surname.
Jyre Zendik describes the band's largely improvisational music as "powerful, tribal, hypnotic rock 'n roll."
Also in conjunction with Earth Week, the ESF Graduate Student Association's eighth annual Conference on Shifting Paradigms in Science and the Environment will be April 22. The conference features an examination of the Gaia hypothesis, the concept of the earth as a self-regulating environment. The Gaia hypothesis presents the earth as the core of a single, unified, cooperating, and living system. It depicts the earth as a superorganism that regulates physical conditions to keep the environment hospitable for various life forms. It stems from the ancient belief that the earth is a living creature.
Keynote speaker will be Dr. Tyler Volk, a biologist at New York University. ESF faculty members will contribute to a panel discussion. A reception will follow, providing an opportunity for Volk to autograph copies of his books, Metapatterns: Across Space, Time and Mind and Gaia's Body: Toward a Physiology of Earth.
The conference is co-sponsored by the Randolph G. Pack Environmental Institute at ESF.
Other Earth Week highlights include presentations on habitat, watershed, and solid waste management. Most events are free and all are open to the public. Following is a schedule of Earth Week events.
Monday, April 19
3:30 p.m., Moon Library Conference Room: Slide presentation on habitat management at Montezuma Wildlife Refuge. Refuge representative Maeve Taylor will do a presentation on the role Montezuma plays in habitat management.
4 to 6 p.m., ESF Quad: Ultimate Frisbee Match. Competition is among six-member teams, and walk-on players are welcome. Members of the winning team will receive Earth Week t-shirts.
6:30 p.m., Alumni Lounge, Marshall Hall: International dinner. Diners will sample foods from around the world, including Italian, Indian, French, Chinese, German, Greek, Mexican, Middle Eastern, and Caribbean. Participants are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item for donation to a local food shelter. Those attending should also bring their own mug. There will be a drawing for Earth Week t-shirts.
Tuesday, April 20
11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Alumni Lounge: Red Cross Blood Drive sponsored by the Sadler Residence Hall Government, Sadler Alive. Appointments can be made in the Sadler Hall dining center and walk-ins are welcome. Refreshments will be available for blood donors.
2:30 p.m., 213 Marshall Hall: Lecture on agricultural watershed management. Paul Ray of the National Resource Conservation Service will speak. The session is sponsored by the American Water Resources Association.
6 p.m., Alumni Lounge: Vegetarian cook-off. Students cook vegetarian dishes to be judged by a panel. The winner will receive an Earth Week T-shirt.
6:30 p.m., Alumni Lounge: Presentation, "Vegetarianism for an Earth-Friendly Diet." Dr. Jennifer Daniels of Syracuse will speak.
Wednesday, April 21
11 a.m., Moon Library Conference Room: Presentation on recycling and waste management. Marjorie Hazlit of the Western Finger Lakes Solid Waste Management Authority will speak on the current status of recycling programs and solid waste in New York state.
7 p.m., Marshall Auditorium: Performance by Zendik. Representing Zendik Farm, an experiment in sustainable living, the band packs its lively performances with a social message.
Thursday, April 22
11 a.m., ESF Quad: Plant sale. A variety of plants donated by local greenhouses will be for sale. Sale will be in Marshall Hall foyer in case of rain.
2:30 to 6:15 p.m., Alumni Lounge: Conference on Shifting Paradigms in Science and the Environment. The conference will focus on the Gaia hypothesis, the concept of the earth as a self-regulating environment. A highlight will be a keynote address by Dr. Tyler Volk, a biologist at New York University. ESF faculty members will contribute to a panel discussion. The event is sponsored by the ESF Graduate Student Association and the Randolph G. Pack Environmental Institute at ESF.
6:15 to 7 p.m., Alumni Lounge: Reception. Tyler Volk will autograph copies of his books, Metapatterns: Across Space, Time, and Mind and Gaia's Body: Toward a Physiology of Earth.
8 p.m., Alumni Lounge: Coffee Haus. There will be poetry readings and live music, with refreshments available. ESF's literary magazine, Ecologue, will be unveiled. The event is sponsored by Alpha Xi Sigma, the college honor society.
Friday, April 23
5 p.m., Alumni Lounge: Earth Day concert. Featured musicians are Mo Jive, Oui 7 3, the Conservatives, and the South Catherine Street Jug Band. Food will be served. Admission is $2, but those bringing a donation of a non-perishable food item will be admitted for $1.
Saturday, April 24
10 a.m., Libba Cotton Grove: Clean-up project. Participants should bring a trash bag and meet behind Moon Library at 9:30 a.m. The grove, named in honor of a famous folk singer from Syracuse, is at State and Castle streets in Syracuse.