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Belmont Celebrates Earth Day with ‘Hope for Creation’ Simulcast, Other Events

Belmont student will play self-penned song ‘Tribute to a Tree’ on live broadcast
On Wed., April 21 at 6:30 p.m., Belmont University will participate in the “Hope for Creation” simulcast, a live international broadcast to churches, campuses and other organizations to celebrate Earth Day and explore the biblical vision for care of the planet. The simulcast includes the presentation of a short film titled Hope for Creation and a conversation about global consequence hosted by Dr. Matthew Sleeth, executive director of Blessed Earth, a non-profit organization dedicated to creation care. Belmont student Adam Marks will sing an original song, “Tribute to a Tree,” as part of the broadcast. The song can be heard on Marks’ Web site, www.adammarksmusic.com.
Marks, a native of Johnstown, Pa., said, “The number of people in support of Blessed Earth’s message of ‘hope for creation’ pretty much speaks for itself, and I’m honored to have been given the opportunity to participate in such an historic event.”
As part of the celebration, Belmont’s Our Natural Environment student organization will also be screening the National Wildlife Federation’s documentary Chill Out: Campus Solutions to Global Warming. The webcast highlights colleges with green jobs programs, game day recycling, community gardens and carbon neutrality initiatives.
Allison Berwald, president of Our Natural Environment, said, “I think it will be great to combine the spiritual significance of environmental stewardship that will be discussed in the simulcast by Dr. Matthew Sleeth with ideas about specific actions students can take.”
Additional campus events planned in conjunction with Earth Day include lectures on mountaintop removal and the King Corn documentary, a fundraiser for the Nature Conservancy’s project to protect Duck River, a visit to a recycling center and a canoe cleanup of the Harpeth River.

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