Community Earth Day Celebration at COA

Posted April 14, 2013, at 4:26 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 1, 1970 12 a.m. to 12 a.m.

Location: College of the Atlantic, 105 Eden Street, Bar Harbor, Maine

For more information: Donna Gold; 207-288-5015; newsworthy.com

BAR HARBOR, ME—With animals, theater games, children’s activities, booths, and more, College of the Atlantic will be celebrating Earth Day on Sunday, April 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p .m. Centered around the theme, “Cooperation, Community, Complexity,” and based on a conference happening simultaneously on campus, the day will be filled with activities both fun and thoughtful, as people have come to expect from Earth Day at COA.

The Earth Day celebration itself begins at 10 a.m. Throughout the day there will be story times for children, face painting, massages from Acadia School of Massage, workshops in theater from the Harborside Shakespeare Company—even perhaps an insult table from the era of the bard. Look for activities in and around the college’s George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History, bird walks, and a booth from Mt. Desert Island Ice Cream.

The conference itself, which begins Saturday at 11 a.m., features speakers talking about alternative economic forms, including cooperatively owned businesses, and considering sustainability as part of the bottom line. Sunday’s talks feature Richard Howarth, economics professor at Dartmouth College speaking on economic sustainability, feminist economist Paddy Quick, and Mick Wormsley of Unity College on climate change. Saturday night also features a performance by Vinalhaven group Toughcats at 8 p.m.

In concert with Sunday’s conference, COA students will be offering their individual expertise. Composter extraordinaire, Lisa Bjerke ’13, now a Watson Fellow funded to travel the world examining urban composting efforts, will talk about worms at 11 a.m. Resident alternative energy guru Alex Pine ’14 will provide an electric car demonstration at 12:30, and COA’s international environmental diplomacy group [EARTH] will offer a talk in Gates at 1 p.m.

Additionally, there will be hula hooping, information on permaculture and veganism, talks on international diplomacy, a movie about climate change and a large array of children’s activities from face painting to animal petting. The library will feature a book sale and a projection of Earth Day celebrations happening worldwide. Meanwhile, a barter/swap table will be situated under the library arches, so bring your unneeded goods to exchange.

For quiet time, join Alex Miller ’16 for the nondenominational meditation known as Oneness Blessing at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the shrine. And for some more active time, join Kaitlin Matthews ’13 on a one-mile fun run around campus, raising money for Allied Whale, or learn to play cricket with COA botany faculty member, and alumnus Nishanta Rajakaruna and a host of COA students at 1 p.m.

All activities at College of the Atlantic’s Earth Day celebration are free, including the conference on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets for the 8 p.m. Saturday, April 20 concert of Toughcats are $10 at the door. Events will take place in and around Gates Community Center, with signs posted on campus for rain locales. For a schedule of events visit http://newsworthy.coa.edu/. For more information about any of the activities, contact Arwyn Sherman at ksherman@coa.edu, or Donna Gold at dgold@coa.edu, or call COA at 207-288-5015.

College of the Atlantic was founded in 1969 on the premise that education should go beyond understanding the world as it is, to enabling students to actively shape its future. A leader in experiential education and environmental stewardship, COA has pioneered a distinctive interdisciplinary approach to learning—human ecology—that develops the kinds of creative thinkers and doers needed by all sectors of society in addressing the compelling and growing needs of our world. For more, visit www.coa.edu.