Students and faculty at Fresno Pacific University served up a diverse week’s worth of activities to celebrate Earth Day before, on and after the holiday on Thursday, April 22.

On Saturday, April 24, members of the Sunbird baseball team planted more than 130 Italian cypress trees around the diamond in collaboration with Tree Fresno. Environmental studies students did the prep work of digging out the holes on Thursday.

Other events included:

Friday, April 16
The Sun Don’t Always Shine: Dealing with the Problem of Storing Renewable Energy
Ken Martens Friesen, Ph.D., professor of political science, discussed the transition to a renewable, carbon-free economy. Friesen recently published a book: Energy, Economics, Ethics: The Promise and Peril of a Global Energy Transition. Sponsored by the Reedley Peace Center.

Thursday, April 22
Hope for the Earth: Ecological Restoration as Resurrection Practice
Katerina Friesen, gardener, educator and Mennonite pastor, reflected on ecological restoration in light of Christ’s resurrection. She highlighted examples of Valley young people involved in restoration work, from regenerative farming projects to the return of salmon to the San Joaquin River.

Thursday, April 22
Creating Seed Bombs
The Shalom Club brought the FPU community together to create “seed bombs,” which can be thrown anywhere to spread native plants/flowers.

Friday, April 23
CHIRP—Restore Our Earth: Restoring Campus
The Chirp series, sponsored by the Office of Spiritual Formation and Diversity, hosted an interactive discussion on ways to restore and revision a healthy campus community.

Friday, April 23
FPU Gardens: Instagram TV
The Shalom Club’s garden intern gave the inside scoop on gardens on the FPU main campus, explaining how they work and how people can get involved.

Saturday, April 24
Planting at Twilight Haven Service Project
Volunteers add color for the residents of the Twilight Haven Retirement Center, just east of the main campus.

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Wayne Steffen
Associate Director of Publications and Media Relations