For the fourth consecutive year, California State University, Dominguez Hills will mark Earth Day with a series of talks and activities focused on celebrating and preserving the natural environment on Thursday, April 21. Among the highlights will be a 4 p.m. screening of the award-winning ocean environmental documentary “Pirate for the Sea,” followed by a Q&A session with the director Ron Colby.
The Earth Day festivities are part of the larger Labor, Social and Environmental Justice Fair taking place that day from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. inside and out of the Loker Student Union. A full list of events can be viewed at http://dhlaborstudies.org/.
The screening of “Pirate for the Sea” will be from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Claudia Hampton Hall, room D-165 in the Welch Hall building. The public is welcome. “Pirate for the Sea” documents the efforts of ocean environmentalist Paul Watson to stop the poaching of whales, dolphins, seals and sharks. Director Ron Colby will answer questions following the screening, and will be recording the Q&A for later use. For more information on the documentary, click here.
The following is a list of other Earth Day activities occurring throughout the day on April 21 or at times specified:
Tongva spiritual leader Jimi Castillo will speak about the importance of caring for the Earth on the event stage at 1 p.m.
Students in the American Computing Machinery – Computer Science Research Lab (ACM-CSRL) club will be demonstrating an inexpensive solar-powered air conditioner and will have poster board presentations on electric-motor vehicles, wind-powered energy, the world toilet technology crisis, and preventing floating plastic garbage islands.
Students and professors involved in the campus’s Center for Urban Environmental Research (CUER) and Saving Our Unique Native Diversity (SOUND) will have a booth arranged with a display of water-wise native species plants for sale.
Environmental Science students will present information on plastics in the environment at their booth.
Associated Students, Inc., the student governing body, will be passing out 750 aluminum Toro canteens they purchased with help from a grant from the California State Students Association; literature on water conservation and ways to reduce waste will also be handed out. The Loker Student Union recently purchased a high-tech water fountain for campus that allows users to not only get a quick sip of water, but also fill up water bottles with cold filtered water.
The Gabrielino/Tongva organization known as Keepers of Indigenous Ways will have an informational display on California native plants.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friends of the Japanese Garden on campus will present an Orchid Show across from the bookstore in the Loker Student Union.
Other booths from organizations include West Basin Municipal Water District, the L.A. County Environmental Protection Agency, Communities for a Better Environment, and SeaMagine Hydrospace Corporation with its submersible vehicle.
From 2:15 to 3:45 p.m. in the Loker Student Union, Scott Cassell, CEO and founder of Undersea Voyage Project and rECOn Mission will give a workshop titled “Saving the Ocean.” The Undersea Voyage Project investigates why oceans are dying and works with an international consortium of scientists to place the facts and findings of its dives on sites like Youtube for the world to see. While on rECOn Missions, Cassell hunts and films poachers of endangered ocean species.
Additionally, CSU Dominguez Hills will continue its Earth Day commemoration on Saturday, April 23, with a community-wide electronic waste recycling event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Lot 4 on campus. More information is available here.
Parking permits for campus lots are $4 and available at kiosks in each lot. The Loker Student Union is located in the center of campus. Welch Hall is off Toro Center Drive near Parking Lot 3. A campus map is available online at www.csudh.edu/visitus/campusmap.shtml.
For more information on Earth Day, call (310) 243-2438.