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Antioch College Celebrates Earth Week

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With the help of a generous grant from the Yellow Springs Community Foundation, Antioch College hosted a week of events on campus in celebration of Earth Day. WADE IN: Earth Week at Antioch College was comprised of mostly free and open to the public events every day of the week from April 22-28 in which faculty, staff, students, and community members from Yellow Springs, OH, and beyond convened on campus to learn, volunteer, and celebrate together. WADE IN had a special focus on water because many communities have struggled with equitable access to and protection of water, and this is an environmental justice issue that is local and global.

WADE IN kicked off with a livestreamed performance by the World House Choir. It also coincided with Community Day on Tuesday, April 23. Faculty, staff, and students led a teach-in about environmental justice followed by a panel discussion (also livestreamed and available to view) from Indigenous Water Protectors moderated by College staff members Shane Creepingbear, associate director of Admission, and Jennifer Knickerbocker, director of Foundation and Corporate Relations. Panelists at the event were Corine Fairbanks, Oglala, Lakota, A.I.M. Ohio, W.A.R.N. (Women of All Red Nations); Guy Jones, Hunkpapa Lakota Sioux, founder of the Miami Valley Council for Native Americans; Errol Medicine, Dakota from Wakpala; DuWayne Redwater, Hunkpapa Lakota from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe; and support from the Greater Cincinnati Native American Coalition. Nina Burgland, of the Annisninaabe people, joined via Skype. She is an internationally recognized voice for climate justice and part of the Youth Climate Intervenors.

A free Community Dinner on Tuesday night had more than 80 in attendance, sharing food and conversation about the important information learned earlier in the day.

The rest of Earth Week included a Potato-Plant-a-Rama at the Antioch College farm, a film screening of What Lies Upstream and a discussion after with alumna Maya Nye ’99, and an Arbor Day tree planting led by Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Science Dr. Kim Landsbergen.