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WVSU hosts Earth Day activities

Dane Franz, right, of St. Albans, project manager for the Coal River Group, speaks with Paul Dalzell of the West Virginia Environmental Council during Earth Day activities Thursday, April 20, at West Virginia State University. A variety of community and environmental groups attended the event.
At an Earth Day table dedicated to micro-organisms, Stonewall Jackson Middle School student Tavian Oliver searches for worms in a clump of dirt, as fellow student Jules Griffaux, center, looks on. Retired teacher Robin Wilson, left, explained the importance of various organisms, including worms, in keeping the earth healthy.
Addressing a group of Stonewall Jackson Middle School students, West Virginia State University senior education major Holly Jarrett of Nitro explains the importance of water to the planet during Earth Day activities April 20 at WVSU.

The environment and climate literacy were on the minds of visitors to West Virginia State University on April 20. It was Earth Day, and the university hosted a variety of activities in the Wilson Student Union.

A variety of environmental groups and community organizations set up display tables and spoke to visitors about their various missions in advocating for a cleaner planet. Exhibitors included the Highland Conservancy, the Food and Farm Coalition, Citizen Climate Lobby, the Coal River Group and the West Virginia Environmental Council.

The day also included a variety of hands-on science demonstrations, in which students from Stonewall Jackson Middle School in Charleston participated. WVSU students and faculty led the activities to help students understand the science behind environmental and climate concepts.

Excerpts from the play “Marcellus Shale,” which is about a rural community in upstate New York and how it confronts questions raised by fracking, were also performed for visitors. Cast members also gave a short description of the story-making process.


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