WALLA WALLA, Wash. – A week of Earth Day celebrations begins at WhitmanWednesday, April 16, witha Web broadcast of “Chill Out” at 7 p.m. in Kimball Theatre, Hunter Conservatory. The presentation will include practical solutions to global warming that college campuses around the country are implementing. “The Price of Sugar” and “Uranium” follow on Friday and Saturday (see film schedule below) and the official Earth Day Celebration begins Sunday, April 20, on Ankeny Field.

This celebration from 1 to 3 p.m. will be a festive event celebrating the earth’s environment, said Karlis Rokpelnes, Whitman Earth Day organizer and member of the Campus Greens. Campus and community groups will present entertaining activities and opportunities to get involved. “We want to celebrate the planet and environmentalism,” said Rokpelnis, who is also a member of Campus Greens. “There will be music and food and fun activities, including tie-dying.” Organizers also want to offer opportunities for the Whitman community to get involved with the environment, so they have invited campus and off-campus groups to set up informational tables and activities as part of the celebrate/educate event.

Also on Sunday, an exhibition of “Green Art” will open in the Olin Hall breezeway. This exhibition of environmental art by members of the Whitman community will run through Tuesday, April 29.

Earth Week Movies

“The Price of Sugar” will be shown Friday, April 18, at 7 p.m. in Kimball Theatre, Hunter Conservatory. Set in the Dominican Republic, a tropical island-nation, this film tells the story of a country where tourists flock to pristine beaches on vacation, unaware that just a few miles away thousands of dispossessed Haitians toil under armed guard on plantations harvesting sugarcane, much of which ends up in U.S. kitchens.

“Uranium” will be shown on Saturday, April 19, at 7 p.m. in Olin Hall 130. In this film, native peoples pay the consequences of uranium mining. Canada, where this film was shot, has the world’s richest vein of uranium and a recent history of violent confrontations over native rights.

“Arid Lands” will be shown on Sunday, April 20, at 7 p.m. in Olin 130. The film focuses on the Hanford nuclear site, which 60 years ago produced plutonium for the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki and today is the focus of the largest environmental cleanup in history.

“Ke Ke Xi Li: Mountain Patrol” will be shown Monday, April 21, tat 7 p.m. in Olin 130. This feature film is set in China’s Kekexili, the country’s larges animal reserve.

“Black Sea: Voyage of Healing” will be shown on Tuesday, April 22, at 7 p.m. in Olin Hall 130. The film tells the story of scientists and religious leaders meeting to find the solution to the Black Sea in crisis.

Earth Week is sponsored by Campus Greens and the Peace Coalition with support from ASWC and many other clubs and campus organizations, said Rokpelnis. The Campus Greens events calendar can be viewed at http://whitmancampusgreens.blogspot.com.


CONTACT: Lenel Parish, Whitman College News Service, (509) 527-5156