2015-04-02 / Living

EARTH DAY

Healthy People for a Healthy Planet

FLINT — The annual Earth Day Celebration, sponsored by the University of Michigan-Flint, Mott Community College, and Kettering University will be held at the University of Michigan-Flint on April 11, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the Harding Mott University Center.

The Earth Day celebration is free and open to the public. One of the largest environmental events of its kind, the local celebration features more than 50 exhibitors, vendors, presenters, and musicians.

The keynote speaker for this year’s Earth Day Celebration is Dr. Partha Nandi M.D., F.A.C.P. Dr. Nandi is the creator and host of the internationally recognized medical lifestyle television show, Ask Dr. Nandi. A practicing physician and a renowned international speaker, his appearances include TedX, college commencements, numerous charity functions, premier medical meetings such as Digestive Disease Week, and nationally syndicated television programs such as The Katie Couric Show. His presentation at Earth Day will be at 12:30 p.m., in the KIVA room located on the first floor of the Harding Mott University Center.

His presentation will emphasize the importance of our daily practice as it relates to healthy, mindful and sustainable living. Environmental awareness and how a healthy planet supports healthy people is the goal of this year’s event. “We want to continue our mission to enrich the lives of our community by helping to create a healthier planet,” said Dr. Nandi.

Vendors at the Healthy Living Fair portion of the event will be selling products focused on healthy food, recycled/green sustainable arts and earth friendly cleaning and personal care products. Attendees can learn, discuss, and gather information on a wide variety of earth friendly cleaners, personal products, and eating healthy food from local sources. Earth friendly products made from natural materials and crafts made from recycled materials, along with a variety of cottage foods will be available for purchase during the event.

“As a student intern, as well as a member of FUEL (Future Urban and Environmental Leaders), I am proud to be a part of reaching this year’s goal to make Earth Day a ‘zero waste’ event. It will be a combined effort by Earth Day vendors and participants to reduce the amount of waste generated, by increasing the resources diverted from landfills, and instead collecting, recycling, and/ or composting these materials for other purposes.” said Brandon Eggleston, UM-Flint student and Environment, Health & Safety intern. Participants are asked and encouraged to help make this year’s Earth Day Celebration the first successful ‘zero waste’ event of its kind in our community. That being said, make sure to bring your smartphone to download the new Earth Day App. The new earth day app will allow vendors to share information with attendees without needing to distribute printed materials.

There will be various musical groups performing at the event, including Blue Train, a local band performing a pleasant blend of folk and blue grass style music and Jaime Marvin, a local singer songwriter.

Borrow a bike free of charge from the UM Flint Recreation Center for a short, guided bike tour around the campus, on to the new Flint Farmers’ Market, visit a local urban garden and visit the UM-Flint’s Urban Alternatives House where you can learn about solar and geothermal technologies applicable to homes as well as urban farming.

The winner of the annual College Recycling Challenge between Baker College, Kettering University, Mott College and UM-Flint will be announced during Earth Day. With more than 50 exhibitors and presenters, including local businesses, advocacy, and service groups, it will be well worth attending Earth Day 2015 while they share their knowledge and expertise on various environmental, sustainable and mindful living topics, principles and practices. Details: Visit www.earthday.mcc.edu or call 810-766-6763. — G.G.

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