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‘One Planet Day’ theme for Earth Week activities at WKU

Students at WKU are re-imagining this year’s Earth Day festivities under the new theme of One Planet Day.

The idea for One Planet Day came from the One Planet Living framework of sustainability developed by the World Wildlife Fund and BioRegional. One Planet Living features 10 principles of sustainability including Zero Carbon, Zero Waste, Sustainable Transport, Local and Sustainable Building Materials, Local and Sustainable Food, Sustainable Water, Natural Habitats and Wildlife, Culture and Heritage, Equity and Fair Trade and Health and Happiness.

One Planet Day is about going beyond what we typically associate with being green,” said Charlie Harris, One Planet Day student organizer. “We want to challenge everyone, whether they’re completely new to sustainability or a seasoned greenie, to take the next step in their personal commitment to living a better, more sustainable life.”

Friday’s One Planet Day events are just one part of the annual Earth Week festivities at WKU which begin Wednesday night at 7 with a lecture in Mass Media and Technology Hall Auditorium by Sarah Lynn Cunningham called The Elegant Solution, Climate Solutions Cut Costs, Create Jobs and Stabilize Our Economy.

Thursday night will feature a One Planet Day-themed Poetry Slam from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Downing University Center Courtyard.

On Friday, students, faculty and others will have the opportunity to receive One Planet Day punch cards at informational booths across campus. For each One Planet Day action pledge one makes they will receive a punch on their card. Once all 10 sustainability principles have been punched they can turn in their card to be eligible for one of many free prizes including a ride in a hot air balloon.

Harris and other student organizers hope to take the message of One Planet Day beyond WKU’s campus. They’ve partnered with a non-profit design group to launch www.oneplanetday.org and a Facebook page where people all around the world can pledge to take action and change their profile pictures to take part in the One Planet Day digital mosaic to promote sustainable living.

Other highlights of One Planet Day at WKU will include a DIY fair on South Lawn; photography competition and silent auction; Tree Campus USA Flag Raising with President Gary Ransdell; an Earth Day speech by Dr. Bob Hatfield, Executive Faculty MBA Coordinator; a campus garbology project and a recycled materials fashion show. One Planet Day will conclude with a celebration of cultural diversity at the annual International Night in Downing University Center’s fourth floor.

One Planet Day is a project of Campus Conscience, a new initiative based out of WKU that seeks to unite unique socially and environmentally conscious events, campaigns and initiatives taking place at WKU and around the world.

Check out the complete list of One Planet Day events.

Contact: Christian Ryan-Downing, (270) 745-2508.

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