FDLTCC Teaches about Sustainability with Earth Week 2019

Ryan Juntti
Updated: April 22, 2019 11:45 PM

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is hosting Earth Week 2019 where there will be multiple events throughout the week to teach the community about sustainability.

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There will be multiple topics covered throughout the week that include: solastalgia, pollinators, student research, waste reduction, and Earth's climate.

"It affects all of us," said Cade Kowalczak, a work study student with the Environmental Institute at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College.

Cade is referring to solastalgia, which was Monday's focus.

"It's just a low level anxiety when you've grown up in a region, and all of a sudden the animals, the plants, the timing of the weather is changing, and it's how do you react to those changes," said Courtney Kowalczak, Director of the Environmental Institute at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College.

Courtney Kowalczak is Cade's mom. She points to the flood of 2012 and droughts as examples of what can lead to solastalgia.

"When we're starting to see changes in our environment like that, mentally it takes a toll, it's a source of anxiety," said Courtney Kowalczak.

She says Earth Week is all about reflecting on what has been done to help the Earth, and what still needs to be done.

"I look at Earth Week as that time that we can highlight what we're doing, so it's not just one week to think about these things, but it's the week to slow down that is time for us to reflect on things that we're working on, things that we're worried about, things that we're interested in," said Courtney Kowalczak.

And Cade Kowalczak says the first step in making a difference is identifying the problems affecting our planet.

"I think education is the first step in fixing a problem, so once people learn more and understand better what the problem is, then we can work towards finding a solution for it," said Cade Kowalczak.

The events all week are free and open to the public.


Ryan Juntti

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