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Eastern's Environmental Alternative Spring Break

Written by Christopher J. Herman


Willimantic, Conn. -Eastern Connecticut State University's Center for Community Engagement is sponsoring a group of Eastern students who are participating in the Alternative Environmental Spring Break Trip on March 22 and 23. The Environmental Trip project team, along with Connecticut Forest and Parks Association and the Connecticut Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club,  is also holding a free special screening of the film, "Seeking the Current" for the public at 4 p.m. on March 24 at the Connecticut Forest and Park Association Headquarters.
 
"Seeking the Current" stars filmmakers Nicolas Boisclair and Alexis de Geheldere as they canoe the entire 500-kilometer course on the pristine Romaine River in Quebec before Hydro-Quebec begins construction on four hydroelectric plants. Along with Roy Dupuis, one of Canada's most renowned actors, Boisclair and de Geheldere explore a wide variety of renewable green energies and their profitability by interviewing experts across Quebec.

Volunteers from the Connecticut Forest and Parks Association and the Connecticut Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club are providing meaningful service projects, educational opportunities and environmental experiences for Eastern students and their trip advisor this year, Biology Professor Elizabeth Cowles. Eastern students will have the opportunity to build log and lumber bridges, based on the theories and understanding of nature of Henry Thoreau and Gifford Pinchot. They will also participate in a panel discussion with conservation and environmental experts about environmental sustainability. Participants are also hoping to perform some trail work on a portion of the Appalachian Trail in Connecticut. The student trip leader is Calvin Underwood.
           For more information on the screening of "Seeking the Current" and Eastern's Alternative Spring Break Trip program, contact Kim Silcox at (860) 465-4426.

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