University of Wisconsin-Stout will celebrate Earth Week Monday, April 16, to Friday, April 20, with a clean-up of the Red Cedar Trail, an Earth Fair, a showing of the documentary “Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret” and William Barillas discussing his book “The Midwest Pastoral.”

Earth Week is a week of activities on campus focused on the environmental issues the world faces. Earth Day is Sunday, April 22.

“At UW-Stout, we like to take this week to celebrate our environment and to think more intentionally about how to be better stewards of our planet,” said Sarah Rykal, UW-Stout sustainability coordinator.

“Earth Day has a special importance to those of us in Wisconsin, as its founder Gaylord Nelson was a man who grew up 40 miles from Menomonie and went on to become governor of Wisconsin and later a U.S. Senator. We’re proud that this important day was created by someone from our area.”

The documentary “Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret,” follows animal agriculture and investigates how it causes deforestation, pollution and is responsible for more greenhouse gases than the transportation industry and driving rainforest destruction, species extinction, habitat loss and topsoil erosion. The film will be shown at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, in room 210 of the Applied Arts Building, 415 13th Ave. E.

Barillas, an assistant professor of English at UW-La Crosse, will speak at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19, at the University Library fourth floor Window Gallery on his book that won the Midwestern Studies Book Award. Barillas relates Midwestern pastoral writers to their local geographies and explains their approaches.

Other events include:

Monday, April 16

  • 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Plant Power, Merle M. Price Commons and North Point Dining will have an array of plant-based entrees and sides
  • 4 p.m., off campus recycling presentation by Dunn County Solid Waste Department, Cedarwood Room, Memorial Student Center

Tuesday, April 17

  • 8 to 11 a.m., Bike for Burritos, University Library bike shelter, bike or walk, scooter or skate to campus for a free burrito, bring a reusable mug for a free coffee
  • 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., sustainable meal, room 112, Jarvis Hall, earth-friendly meal, but those attending are asked to bring beverages, bowls and utensils
  • 6:30 to 8 p.m., clean-up of the Red Cedar Trail, meet between Jarvis Hall and the student center

Wednesday, April 18

  • Noon to 3 p.m., Earth Fair, student center outside amphitheater, a celebration of the Earth and commitment to sustainability with campus organizations and departments featured, free food and live music by Humbird
  • 4 to 6 p.m., Challenge Course open house

Thursday, April 19

  • 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., bike ride to Wakanda Park cookout, meet between Jarvis Hall and Memorial Student Center and ride through Menomonie to a picnic at the park

Friday, April 20

  • 7 to 9 p.m., sunset hike at Hoffman Hills, meet between Jarvis Hall and student center
  • 9 p.m. to midnight, Lights Out, everyone is asked to reduce their environmental impact by going dark and not using lights.

Dunn County News editor

Barbara Lyon is the editor of The Dunn County News in Menomonie, WI.

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