Celebrate Halfway to Earth Day on Tuesday

Published: Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 5:30 a.m.CDT

Earth Day might be six months away, but green is always in season. On Tuesday, Northern Illinois University’s Green Lens Environmental Film Festival is celebrating Halfway to Earth Day with free community events to raise awareness of environmental issues.

From 4 to 5 p.m. at the DeKalb Public Library, children are invited to the Halfway to Earth Day Glacier Party. This cool, hands-on science party will explore glaciers and rising sea levels. Children can build their own mini glaciers and discuss what glaciers are, how they form, and what happens when they melt. Everyone who participates will get a free snow cone.

At 7:30 p.m. at NIU’s Montgomery Hall, Green Lens will host a screening of the award-winning documentary “Chasing Ice.” The film uses time-lapse photography and video to vividly portray the story of Earth’s changing climate. The filmmaker’s goal was to deliver “evidence and hope for our carbon-powered planet.”

After the film, Ross Powell, from NIU’s department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences, will lead a discussion of the film and share his own research on Antarctica and climate change.

All Halfway to Earth Day events are free and open to the public.

Go to www.niu.edu/greenlens to learn more about Halfway to Earth Day and the Green Lens Environmental Film Festival, which will be held at NIU and downtown DeKalb Feb. 24 to 27.

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