KCC Earth Day to last a week

LIHU‘E — The public is invited to celebrate Earth Day 2012 at  Kaua‘i Community College during the week-long celebration featuring movies, discussions, and a gathering of the community on the Puhi campus to share ideas, passions and solutions for a sustainable and prosperous future for the island.

With a theme of “Mobilizing Kaua‘i and the Earth,” the KCC Earth Day organizing committee offers “Establishing A Food Forest” on Monday starting at 6 p.m. in Room 114 of the KCC Electronic Technology Building.

Geoff Lawton, a permaculturist from Australia, sets out to create abundance and restore vitality to the land and those who steward it in the 80-minute documentary film.

Jill Richardson and Paul Massey from Regenerations Botanical Garden, in partnership with KCC’s Ho‘ouluwehi program, will be on hand to provide insight on how a person can help create an abundance of food resources through similar permaculture design principles and activities on Kaua‘i.

“Capitalism, Entrepreneurship and the Green Movement: The Greening of Capitalism” is the topic of a panel discussion presented Tuesday at noon in the upstairs Student Lounge.

The one-hour panel discussion will be moderated by the Hawai‘i Small Business Development Center’s John Latkiewicz.

“Tapped — The Movie” will be presented at noon, also in the Student Lounge, on Wednesday in partnership with Zero Waste Kaua’i. The 90-minute documentary examines the role of the bottled water industry and its effects on our health, climate change, pollution and our reliance on oil.

The public is invited to the sustainability movement, Thursday from noon until 6 p.m. as the college celebrates Earth Day and look toward sustainable solutions for Kaua‘i.

Tents, performers, food and information will be offered on the campus n addition to two local school-based programs which will present their respective visions for Kaua‘i.

808 FUSE (Fun Using Sustainable Energy) is a virtual enterprise developed by students of Christine Farina at Kapa‘a High School. 808 FUSE will present its vision of a model youth activity center, the company revolving around the idea of promoting fun, food and products which are eco-friendly and will help reduce its carbon footprint.

Felicia Cowden and her son Ian of Kilauea will share from their recently-published book, “Life is the School, Love is the Lesson.”

The two presentations will be held in Room 114 of the Electronic Technology Building shortly after 4 p.m. and will end by 6 p.m.

“Vanishing of the Bees” is the final event of the 2012 Earth Day celebration, the film being shown at 6 p.m. in Room 114 of the Electronic Technology Building in partnership with the Kaua‘i Beekeepers Association and the KCC Apiary Program.

Following the film, a discussion on how people can help create a bee-friendly Garden Island will be held.

Visit www.kauai.hawaii.edu for more information.

• Dennis Fujimoto, photographer and staff writer, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 253) or dfujimoto@ thegardenisland.com.

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