Monday, March 21, 2011

Sundance winning film, lecture by Katie Alvord to celebrate Earth Week at Michigan Tech Mar. 23-24

HOUGHTON -- Michigan Tech Students for Environmental Sustainability will host two events to celebrate Earth Week Wednesday and Thursday, Mar. 23 and 24. Both events will begin at 7 p.m. in room U115 of the Materials Science and Engineering (M and M) Building on the Michigan Tech campus.

On Wednesday, Mar. 23, the movie Fuel (a Sundance Festival Winner!) will be shown. This stirring, radical and multi-award-winning documentary is a comprehensive and yet oddly entertaining look at energy in America: a history of where we have been, our present predicament and a solution to our dependence on foreign oil, given an effort by the American people and our government. The 111-minute film flows seamlessly through scientific data, facts, history and personal narrative.

Keweenaw Now guest writer Katie Alvord, author of Divorce Your Car, will present "The Greenest Routes From A to B" on Thursday, Mar. 24.

"This free lecture will discuss our love affair that’s raged in the U.S. for over 100 years," says Alvord. "Now the affair is globalizing, spreading more autos around the world -- even to places like China, where the din of traffic consisted largely of bicycle bells."

Alvord has abstained from using her car and has been riding her bicycle since 1992. Her inspiration came primarily from activists within her community who were undertaking similar endeavors.

"I parked my car in the garage, deciding to let myself use it in a pinch, then took out my bicycle instead," she explains.

Alvord has written numerous articles in publications such as Wild Earth and E magazine that explain both the sociological and environmental implications of our current behavior.

She has written several articles for Keweenaw Now, including an award-winning series of three articles on climate change in the Lake Superior Basin.*

Alvord also works with many non-profit organizations that educate both young and old on how to practice greener living habits. She hopes to continue her practices in the future by working with environmental groups and organizations to spread the word about environmental responsibility.

For more information about Katie Alvord or the upcoming lecture visit her blog. FREE books to first 50 attendees at this lecture.

*Click here to read about Katie Alvord's journalism award and links to these articles, which were published on Keweenaw Now in 2007.

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