Posted by Jeff Buscher at 5/31/2009 06:32:00 PM
We woke up this morning to news of a major earthquake in Honduras. The 7.1 earthquake had its epicenter about 80 miles off the coast of La Ceiba - one of the cities we have visited many times during our Jewell trips. Because of the severity of the quake, the effects were felt far and wide, killing one boy so far, and knocking down bridges. Many of the cities and places mentioned in this AP report are right where we were just a few months ago, and where a few folks from Jewell are scheduled to head tomorrow morning.
We do not have word yet how this has effected our friends at Proyecto Alcance or at the village of Embarcadero.
William Jewell College Department of Music and Center for Justice and Sustainability announces a choral composition competition. We are seeking submissions with a text that speaks to issues related to the mission of the Center, which states:
William Jewell College establishes the Center for Justice and Sustainability in order to develop in its students the commitment, competence, and confidence to address significant societal, economic, and ecological challenges facing society.
Go here to find out more about the details of this competition.
Posted by Tim at 5/27/2009 02:21:00 PM
World Environment Day (WED), an initiative of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), is coming up on June 5. WED “is one of the principal vehicles through which the United Nations stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and enhances political attention and action.” The UNEP is having activities this year in Mexico City to bring awareness to World Environment Day, but we can do things right here in our own community to celebrate it.
For one thing, the UNEP also publishes daily “Do Something” tips. Today’s tip is “Don't go anywhere without your cloth bag so you can just say no to plastic whenever you shop.”
To take it a step further, Let’s Not Motor Day is a drive by MINI car company in honor of World Environment Day, inviting all of us to pledge to leave the car in the garage on June 5. Will you pledge not to drive on this day? Instead you could walk, bike, rollerblade, skateboard, or take public transit, to name a few! Let us know if you’ll be leaving the car at home by emailing email@example.com.
Posted by Tim at 5/26/2009 03:55:00 PM
We are always especially on the lookout here for things our students can do to lower their carbon footprint (since they don't have houses to weatherize or backyards to grow food). Here's a good article about the pros and cons about containers for the inevitable take out meal.
The best advice NOT included in the article is: get out of the habit of eating take out in the first place! We all do it of course, but the more times you sit down to eat somewhere with reusable utensils the better it is all the way around. And honestly, no matter where or what you're eating, food tastes better with real silverware anyway!