Earth Week activities planned
Posted: Friday, April 9, 2010 11:02 am
The Messenger 04.09.10
Dr. Mireya Mayor, a two-time Emmy Award-nominated National Geographic Channel field correspondent, will be the featured speaker at the University of Tennessee at Martin’s Earth Week events April 19-22.
The Earth Week Film Festival and Events will present four movies and Mayor, an anthropologist and wildlife expert.
The events coincide with the 40th anniversary of the Earth Day observance.
Mayor, who has reported on wildlife and habitat issues, will speak at 7 p.m. April 20 in Duncan Ballroom of Boling University Center. Serving as a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, she will talk about the importance of conservation.
Her current ongoing study focuses on a newfound species of mouse lemur, which she discovered on a 2000 field expedition in Madagascar. As a result of her discovery, a national park was established in the area to protect the rare species.
The film festival will begin with “Dirt, The Movie,” at 7 p.m. April 19 in Watkins Auditorium of the university center. Two films are planned for April 21 — “The Story of Stuff” at noon in Room 229 of the university center and “Food, Inc.” at 7 p.m. in the ballroom of the university center.
Completing the series will be “Kilowatt Ours” at 7 p.m. April 22 in Room 206 of the university center.
The UT Martin Institute for Civic Engagement is sponsoring the events, which are free of charge and open to the public.