Interested in becoming a member of the Earth Centre Exec for the 2014-2015 school year? Fill out this application for consideration in the interview process! Interviews will be held March 29th and 30th so submit your applications to firstname.lastname@example.org soon.
Can’t wait to hear from you,
Earth Centre Exec Application 14-15
Just a reminder that the Earth Centre clothing swap is this Wednesday and Thursday 10-5 in the Arc. Drop off your old clothes in our store on the third floor!
It’s happening again, the famed Earth Centre clothing swap! Have any old clothes that you just don’t need anymore? Come and drop them off in the Earth Centre (Rm 3-A607) starting today and going through until the second day of the clothing swap. Looking to pick up some free gently used swag? Come to the 1st floor of the Queen’s Athletics and Recreation Centre on February 26th and 27th and take as much as you want!
ITS A FREE FOR ALL PEOPLE!
Cant wait to see what treasures you have tucked away in your closet
“Celebrity and the Environment: Fame, Wealth, Power in Conservation” by Dan Brockington
It seems that recently our conversations have been dominated by celebrities. This includes, but not limited to, Superbowl performances, award show season, the antics of Bieber and Miley. So it’s fitting that the Earth Centre book of the month is Dan Brockington’s ‘Celebrity and the Environment: Fame, Wealth, and Power in Conservation’. Brockington writes about how celebrities are the new ‘warriors’ and their willingness to lend their name toenvironmental issues allows them to act as a Lorax type figure and speak for the nature that cannot speak for itself.
Brockington argues that this mutual support stems from recent trends that suggest conservation and corporate capitalism are merging into one entity. So at what cost does celebrity environmental endorsement impact an individual’s relationship with the great outdoors?
This exciting read showcases how the environmental movement has become a ‘sexy’ form of international development for Hollywood’s stars to get behind. I believe that this book allows readers to understand how the image of the perfected celebrity distorts the meaning of conservation itself. Stop by the Earth Centre to pick up this great read among others.
Did you know that we have a section on our website dedicated solely to FOOD!?
We encourage you to try some of the recipes out and let us know what you think on Facebook or Twitter. For instance, take a bite out of this Spinach Eggplant Curry:
1 kg fresh spinach
2 red onions, chopped
1 200g can chickpeas, drained
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 red chilis, sliced
1 tbsp ground coriander
1 tsbp cumin seeds
1 eggplant, diced
400g chopped tomatoes
Boil the spinach in water for 2 minutes
Drain, rinse with cold water and then squeeze
Blend to a puree
Cook the onion, chickpeas, garlic, chili and spices for 5 minutes over a high heat
Add eggplant and cook for 10 minutes
Add tomatoes, cover and simmer for 15 minutes
Stir in the spinach puree and serve
WE ARE NOW OPEN FOR THE SEMESTER! Our hours are weekdays 10 am – 5 pm and we always have super friendly volunteers here to help answer any of your questions or even just hang out. Wait… are you interested in volunteering at the Earth Centre?! Fill out our survey before the end of the week to be considered! Good luck to everybody
We hope everybody had a relaxing holiday season and are as excited as we are to see what this new year and new semester has to offer. For those of you taking geology courses we have 2 new textbooks in our textbook library:
- Investigation in Environmental Geology – (3rd edition)- Duncan Foley, Garry D.Mckenzie, Russel O. Utgard
- How does the earth work? Physical Geology and the Process of Science (2nd edition)- Gary Smith, Aurora Pun
The Earth Centre will only be open for another 2 weeks! That’s right, the last day of business will be December 6th.
Also, only 4 days left to grab the product of the month (lavender body lotion) and be included in our monthly draw.
Aaaaaaand of course, just like last year we will be offering our festive holiday packages. Supplies are limited so get yours now!
Stay positive and don’t let exams get you down! Here’s a lush forest instead
Remember that this Wednesday at Common Ground Coffee Shop “The Clean Bin Project” will be screened at 7:30 pm. This a movie about living waste free and thus totally in line with what the The Earth Centre stands for!
We will be giving away free tea if you bring your own mug. Also, if you personally pledge to reduce waste (in the form of a whiteboard testimonial) you can enter a raffle to win a awesomely sustainable gift courtesy of the EC!
We would love to see you there and make a pledge!
“Silent Spring” by Rachel Carson (2002)
In the past little while, we have been seeing the environmental movement making waves in Canada. Even on our campus, the Earth Centre is one of many environmentally proactive groups working to make a more sustainable Queen’s. Wouldn’t it be cool to know the origins of this movement? Rachel Carson’s ‘Silent Spring’ is the 1962 book that arguably secured the environment as a priority in mainstream society. Carson created an outcry that eventually banned DDT and new laws to protect the Earth’s precious resources. All this during a time where the environment was not on the immediate agenda of the public. This is one of those rare books that changed the social paradigm of a society. This should be a priority read on the list of any friend of the earth!