Earth Fest at Penn State campus

Staff report

Sharon, Pa.

Penn State Shenango’s annual Earth Fest will take place Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the campus.

The event will include live music and entertainment, an educational presentation on climate change, children’s activities, a local artists market, Penn State Berkey Creamery ice cream, and information from sustainability-minded local organizations and businesses. Food and coffee be available to purchase.

Admission is free.

Entertainment will begin at 11 a.m. in the Great Hall with a community drum circle. All are welcome, and drums will be provided, or, guests can bring their own. At noon and 3 p.m., “Sustainability Songwriter” Musical Mark will bring his interactive performance to the Great Hall stage.

At 1:15 p.m. in the Great Hall, Richard Alley from Penn State University Park campus will give a presentation on climate change and its impact on polar ice caps, rising sea levels, and human life. Alley is the Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences and an associate of the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute at Penn State. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, chaired the National Research Council’s panel on abrupt climate change and is one of several Penn State earth scientists who are contributors to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which shared the 2007 Nobel Prize with Al Gore.

Activities for children and their families include solid-liquid-gas-themed activities from the Oh Wow! children’s science center; a “Habitat Room” with crafts and educational activities focusing on the Arctic; and a take-home seed planting activity with the Penn State Shenango Agriculture Club.

Other activities will include an eco-friendly artists market and information tables from environmentally-conscious businesses and organizations.

The Student Veterans Club will collect worn American flags for proper disposal.

An exhibition of upcycled artwork by local grade-school students will be in Great Hall, with an award ceremony at 2:30 p.m.

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