Earth Day

Earth Day, April 22

"In a world without future, each parting of friends is a death. In a world without future, each loneliness is final. In a world without future, each laugh is the last laugh. In a world without future, beyond the present lies nothingness, and people cling to the present as if hanging from a cliff.” – Alan Lightman, Einstein’s Dreams
Earth Day was created in 1970. In recent years, Earth Day on the Ithaca College Campus has been expanded to IC Earth Week. This year it runs from 4/19-4/25. A calendar of 2015 events, available on Facebook through the IC Progressives, provides details, but the events include: 
  • April 19: Clean Energy in NYS Presentation
  • April 20: "Bringing It Home" Documentary Screening
  • April 21: Mushroom/Mycelium Workshop; RHA (Day Before) Earth Day Celebration;
  • Earth Day, April 22:
    Noon: Climate Change Discussion with Prof. Michael Smith, followed by Earth Day Rally, Klinginstein Lounge
    7 to 9 pm: "Exploring Local Environmental History: Research Presentations by Ithaca College Students," at the History Center, downtown Ithaca
  • April 23: Annual Sustainability in Action Student-Faculty colloquium; Earth Week Bonfire
  • April 24: IC Permaculture Garden Tour
  • April 25: Nature Walk, gather in the parking lot behind Park at 2 pm
  • April 26: IC Dog Wash; End the Trade Benefit Concert
  • April 30: May Day (International Workers' Day) Letter Writing​ to thank campus workers
Also in the area, Sustainable Tompkins is celebrating Earth Day 2015 as ​Voices Past, Voices Present.

Learn what you can

 For more information or inspiration about the earth, the environment, and principles of sustainabilty, try finding information in these periodical databases.

GreenFILE Unrestricted Resource openURL Some full text available
An index drawing on the connection between the environment and disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health and technology. GreenFILE provides a unique perspective on the positive and negative ways humans affect the environment. Nearly 300,000 records (full text for selected titles) from scholarly and general interest titles, as well as government documents and reports.
ScienceDirect Restricted Resource openURL Some full text available
Full-text scientific, technological, medical journals; subjects covered include biology, biochemistry, business management and accounting, chemistry, computer science, economics, finance, environmental science, mathematics, medicine, neuroscience, nursing, physics, psychology, education, and communication. Includes access to selected full-text reference books. Indexing/Abstracts to additional titles.
Alternative Press Index Restricted Resource openURL
Index to articles in alternative news sources. Use to research topics that may not be well covered in the mainstream press; 1991 to current.
Academic Search Premier Restricted Resource openURL Resource contains images Resource contains audio Some full text available
Multi-disciplinary database which includes a large collection of peer-reviewed journals in many areas of academic study including: archaeology, area studies, astronomy, biology, chemistry, ethnic & multicultural studies, law, mathematics, music, physics, psychology, religion & theology, women's studies, and other fields.  Coverage varies, but begins in the 1990s for most journals.
Biological Abstracts Restricted Resource openURL
Provides abstracts and bibliographic references to journal items focusing on vital biological and medical research findings, pharmacological studies, and discoveries of new organisms. Includes some linked full text.

Read what you will

Here's a short list of books to peruse on Earth Day.

E-Books In the Stacks:

Watch something else

Some films to watch for Earth Day:

Contact Us

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John Henderson

Social Sciences Librarian
(607) 274-1961

Act locally

Here are some of the campus organizations that have been involved in the celebration or the movement:

Think globally

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