environment

environment

Earth Week every week

Earth Week every week

Started in 1970, every year on April 22, more than 190 countries come together to celebrate Earth Day. This global event draws attention to the devastating effects humans are causing to the planet and how we can take a stand to heal our planet. For actions you can do to help save the planet, see EarthDay.org Action. Children can be a part of the change to save the planet. Ever wonder what happens with your trash? Interested in growing your vegetables or creating a compost pile? Want to become a Beekeeper or an Ecologist like Rachel Carson who studied the contamination and the effects on the planet? Find books and more on these topics in the IU East Family R.E.A.D. … Continued
Flying near and far: Birds in your backyard and beyond

Flying near and far: Birds in your backyard and beyond

Whether you want to enjoy bird activities locally or online, identity birds and their songs from around the world, or take actions to help birds, check out these ornithological opportunities. In addition to local parks and your neighborhood, the Whitewater Memorial State Park in Liberty is designated by the National Audubon Society as an “important bird area” that supports “one of the most significant assemblages of migrant and nesting avian species in eastern Indiana,” including waterfowl, a diversity of neotropical passerines, and endangered raptors. At the Hayes Arboretum in Richmond, you can use the Bird Watching Room or several different trails to see a variety of birds. Options include exploring independently, participating in a variety of nature activities, including the … Continued
Earth Week at IU East

Earth Week at IU East

April celebrates environmental awareness, from Earth Day to Arbor Day. IU East is celebrating Earth Week April 15-18th with a theme for each day: Meatless Monday, Trees & Trails Tuesday, Water Wednesday, and Red Wolf Threatened Thursday. The IU East Campus Library has many databases that provide in depth research information in all these areas, and the Richmond Community has lots of resources that provide environmental education and fun outdoor activities. Library Databases for Research Meatless Monday promotes vegetarianism and vegan diets or at least encourage people to eat more plant based foods and cut out meat one day a week. There is a lot of different viewpoints and research involved with people’s relationship with food, their diets, and the … Continued
Some “Green” Resources to Sustain Your Research

Some “Green” Resources to Sustain Your Research

The IU East Sustainability Council held their first meeting of 2019 on February 7, the same day that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Ed Markley (D-Mass) introduced the “Green New Deal” to the U.S. House of Representatives. People are becoming increasingly concerned for our planet’s wellbeing and are now looking more towards sustainable living practices. Hello, tiny houses, natural cleaners, and community gardens! Goodbye plastic straws and bags! More brands are promising to work towards “green” or “eco-friendly” initiatives, and college campuses, cities, and local communities are working to be more energy efficient, environmentally friendly, and overall, healthier. Sustainability is such a broad concept and it can branch into all subject areas: science, business, politics, health, society, even art. … Continued
Wine to Water

Wine to Water

This year, the IU East community is reading Wine to Water for the One Book, Many Voices program (we have several copies at the library available for checkout – ask at the front desk).  It is the story of Doc Hendley, a North Carolina bartender who decided to go to Darfur to help the people get access to clean water.  There, he repaired broken wells, had water trucked to refugee camps, distributed chlorine tablets for purifying contaminated water, and more, all while navigating the war and ethnic cleansing between the Janjaweed and the Sudanese Liberation Army in one of the most dangerous places in the world. Millions of people die each year because they don’t have access to clean water … Continued