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Environmental urgency brings Time for Change

Time for Change Week is a week-long program promoting environmental stewardship and engagement through sustainability-focused events across campus. Credit: Ris Twigg | Lantern reporter

Time for Change Week is a week-long program promoting environmental stewardship and engagement through sustainability-focused events across campus. Credit: Ris Twigg | Lantern reporter

From art galleries to dinner and discussions, Time for Change is hosting events all week long to challenge others about environmental awareness.

Time for Change Week (T4C) is a collaboration between student organizations and administrators hoping to spread environmental awareness on campus. Running from April 1 to 6, the collaboration will include events such as “EnviroArt: A Pop-Up Gallery,” “Sustainable Fashion Showcase,” “Buckeye Blackout Concert” and more.

“It’s been a really unique experience in that we work with so many offices, departments, and students in different majors,” said Marie McConnell, Time for Change organizer and a third-year in environmental policy. “It has become something so multidisciplinary, and it’s cool to see all these people come together.”

T4C has curated 20 events throughout the week with more than 20 organizations hosting. The idea for T4C came from a desire by the organization’s members for a stronger, more impactful green week.

“Green week doesn’t tackle the immediacy and urgency of environmental issues,” said Michelle Wentling, an organizer for T4C and a fourth-year in English.

One of the first events of the week will be the “EnviroArt: A Pop-Up Gallery.” The event will showcase artwork from students, faculty and staff regarding the environment or nature.

“The purpose of the event is to bring people together to think about environmental issues from a more theoretical standpoint and how they can be symbolized and represented through artwork,” Wentling said.

Some of the art pieces in the show will include paintings, sculptures and even clothing made from sustainable resources.

Wentling said the name Time for Change was actually inspired by “Carmen Ohio.” One of the lyrics in the song is, “Time and change will surely show” and from that, the organizers created Time for Change.

“Time for Change is a play on words because we think that ‘green week’ doesn’t tackle the immediacy and urgency of environmental issues,” she said.

This will be Time for Change week’s second year hosting multiple events throughout a week to bring about urgency in environmental issues. T4C was created by the Sustainability Council, a coalition of student organizations that all deal with environment or sustainability. The council collaborates with more than 20 member organizations.

“At the end of the day we’re all students and we all have jobs or other things we’re involved with but this is one thing we’re all very passionate about,” McConnell said.

Time for Change Week will be held April 1-6. To see all the events T4C is offering visit http://go.osu.edu/timeforchange.

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