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Earth Week Awareness

April 20, 2018

Earth Day is this Sunday, April 22, 2018, and there is no shortage of events on campus to get involved with to celebrate. Monmouth College’s Biology and Environmental Studies & Sustainability Department have collaborated with the Students for Environmental Awareness (SEA) and other student organizations to sponsor ‘Earth Week’ since one single day just isn’t enough.

The campus-wide celebration begins with a tree planting event at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 21. The event will take place at Monmouth College’s LeSuer Nature Preserve which is located at the Peacock Memorial Athletic Park. Feel free to help the Students for Environmental Awareness actively restore our local prairie ecosystem by planting trees that will help the prairie replenish and thrive. The event is open to anyone and everyone that wants to participate!
This Sunday, April 22 at 2 p.m., the Global Food Security Initiative invites the entire Monmouth College community to participate in a panel discussion. The discussion is anticipated to start conversations related to agriculture and sustainability in Western Illinois. It will take place at the Monmouth College Educational Garden, located on the north side of Broadway St. and will feature speakers Jared Kunkle and Dusty Spurgeon. So, bring something to sit on and come participate in the lively conversation!

The following Tuesday, April 24, finish your Scholars Day with an evening talk on “Contemplative Climate Change”, sponsored by the Biology and Environmental Studies & Sustainability Department. Dr. Steve Hager from Augustana College will be explaining contemplative photography as “one way to deal with our changing planet”. Join us at 7 p.m. in the Pattee Auditorium (CSB 100).

Earth Week continues with “Flower Pots for Scots”! This event is hosted by both SEA and ASAP (Association for Student Activity Programming). “Flower Pots for Scots” will take place on Thursday, April 26, on the Quad. Everyone is encouraged to come plant flowers and decorate flower pots anytime from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Earth Day serves a variety of purposes. Most importantly, Earth Day is an opportunity to increase education and awareness regarding our current global environmental dilemmas. It is easy to feel insignificant as individuals when confronting such issues relating to the sustainability of our planet. Nevertheless, participating in local green initiatives, such as the ones taking place for Earth Week, is vital for affecting environmental change. Acting locally is the most effective way to reduce global issues.

Increasing the education and awareness of these issues aids in the number of successful green initiatives. Volunteering helps to ensure the sustainability of the natural resources that fuel us. Furthermore, the Students for Environmental Awareness and the Environmental Studies & Sustainability Department urge you to give back to the planet by participating in these local Earth Week events.

Abigale Murray & Chelsea Schupp
Online Manager and contributing Writer

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