Francis Marion University will host “Earth Day Celebration 2000” on Tuesday, April 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All events are free and open to the public. Sierra Club is co-sponsoring the event
The day will showcase what Florence is doing to keep our environment clean, safe and healthy. There will be live music by Florence musician Melanie McMillan from 2-4 p.m. and a variety of other fun and educational exhibits including the new Honda Insight (the 70 mpg electric hybrid car). Also featured are raffles and prizes, an earth day poster contest, and local vendors selling earth friendly "stuff." There will also be educational displays from Sierra Club, SCDNR, Woods Bay State Park, USDA - ARS (Coastal Plains Soil and Water Research Center), DHEC, EPA, Wildlife Action, Ecology Club, Ars Medica, FMU sororities and fraternities and other environmental groups. Classic rock station 102.1 "The Fox" will broadcast live from noon to 2 p.m.
Inspired by the campus activism promoted by Harvard student Denis Hayes, who organized the first Earth Day, students on campuses around the country will spearhead a series of "Teach-Outs for the Environment." Teach-Outs involve students educating the community instead of the more traditional scenario of students learning inside a classroom from a teacher. Students all across America will create opportunities for dialogue with local candidates, elected officials, businesses, schools and other members of the community. Francis Marion University and the Pee Dee Group of Sierra Club will sponsor a Teach Out in Florence.
Saturday, April 22 is the 30th anniversary of Earth Day (ED2K). Earth Day started on April 22, 1970 as more than 20 million Americans launched the modern environmental movement, generating support that led to the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and more. Now thousands of activities take place worldwide including demonstrations, tree plantings and lobbying Congress. This year more than a half billion people will gather together to usher in a new millennium of environmental awareness.
For more information about this event, contact Lisa Pike (firstname.lastname@example.org), Francis Marion University Biology Department, 661-1411.