Schoolcraft to celebrate Earth Day
By Alexandra Cizek
Earth Day is an annual, globally celebrated event to raise awareness about issues relating to the environment along with natural resource conservation, recycling, clean energy, sustainable economies, and protection.
“Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970 and was founded by Gaylord Nelson, a former Senator from Wisconsin,” explains Professor Steven Cook. “He wanted to raise environmental awareness and bring forth environmental protection as a national agenda.” Cook is one of the committee members that helped plan an Earth Day celebration hosted at Schoolcraft College in the VistaTech center VT500 on Monday, March 31 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
The committee consists of Professor Steven Cook, Professor Mike Orick, Caroline McNutt, Kristin Fruth, Colleen Martin, as well as Todd Stowell from SAO and honor students Lori Wheeler, Savannah Platukus, and Megan Krajewski. A grant from the Schoolcraft College Foundation and funding from the Student Activities Offices makes this event possible.
This year’s theme—Think Globally, Eat Locally—promotes the idea of how growing your own food or eating locally grown food can lead to sustainable use of our planet’s resources. There is even a chance for students to win scholarships explains Cook. This year’s Earth Day celebration will feature around 15 environmentally friendly groups, many of which have attended our events in the past. There will be a food preparation demonstration using locally grown foods by Schoolcraft’s own Chef Gabriel and a presentation by a Troy Huffaker of DTL Herbs, a master gardener.
Another master gardener, Katie Flickinger, will also be on hand to discuss seeds and growing at home with attendees.
There will be several giveaways and raffle prizes handed out during the event. There will also be a poster competition based on this year’s theme with two winners taking home a $250 SCF scholarship. A MSU Museum exhibit, “Michigan Eats,” will also be on display.
On March 26, there will be a screening and discussion on the documentary “Ingredients,” which is based on the local food movement. The documentary screening will occur on Wednesday, March 26, in VT550 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. (two screenings of the video).”
Working towards a cleaner future, Schoolcraft does its part in the community. Students are encouraged to participate in Earth Day activities and attend this informative and exciting event.