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Sustainability a focus on ‘Earth Day’

Sustainability a focus on ‘Earth Day’
  • On April 19, 2019

By Maddie Toles
The Lookout

When people think of a spring holiday, thoughts of colored eggs and bunnies usually come to mind. In the mix of finals, Easter weekend, and summer on the way – Earth Day often gets pushed to the back burner.

However, this day of celebration is important to many. Across the country, college campuses are designing a whole host of activities for the day. The University of Hawai’i, for instance, is holding its annual Earth Day Fair on Friday, April 26. The event will feature different educational videos, workshops and fun activities, such as face-painting and stories.

A little closer to home, the University of Michigan has been planning events relating to Earth Day throughout the entire month of April. Activities such as workshops, talks from different professors and environmentalists, and sessions about different policies and the “climate change catastrophe.”

So, what is Earth Day?

Earth Day, celebrated on April 22, has been celebrated for over 40 years now. According to America’s Library website, the first recorded celebration in 1970 was spearheaded by Senator Gaylord Nelson, who believed more attention needed to be placed on our Earth and its sustainability.

Almost 20 million people partook in activities that day, and it caused a domino effect of change thereafter. Polices such as the Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act were soon being proposed.

While LCC may not be holding a designated celebration of the day, that doesn’t mean we can’t each do something to honor what it stands for. LCC’s Environmentalist Club is hosting a table on Monday, April 22 to spread awareness and hand out eco-friendly lightbulbs.

Hannah Len, a second-year student at LCC, said conservation should be a priority to students.

“It’s important because we’re taking care of our environment,” Len said. “We’re not polluting our Earth. Students need to be aware because they are living in this environment, too. They are involved and need to know what’s going on in this environment.”

There are many different opportunities to get involved in Earth Day. You can volunteer at a recycling center, pick up trash in the local park, or even just make the commitment to start recycling!

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