College celebrates Earth Day
By Elizabeth Casella, Managing Editor
Global environmental issues including climate change, species extinction and bioaccumulation of toxins such as mercury and lead in aquatic ecosystems all threaten the survival and well being of all living species both wildlife and humans.
Many people are unaware of these issues that can have tragic effects. Earth day an annual event celebrated on April 22 nationwide, is an opportunity to highlight and bring awareness to all of these pressing environmental issues, as well as an opportunity to emphasize the importance of making informed choices regarding an individual’s carbon footprint. In addition to this, it is a chance to provide strategies for becoming better stewards of the planet’s resources and not just consumers.
Schoolcraft provides learning opportunities touching all of these topics to students, faculty, staff and community members with upcoming events on campus. Students will have a chance to design a poster for a scholarship contest, attend a movie screening and listen to informative talks.
“For the past two decades, several hundred visitors each spring have partaken in the Schoolcraft College Earth Day celebration,” said Schoolcraft Biology Professor Michael Orick.
Exposing two worlds
Kicking off Schoolcraft’s Earth Day festivities on March 29, will be two showings of the film “Racing Extinction” by Louie Psihoyos. The first will take place at noon in the Lower Waterman of the VisTaTech Center and the second will take place at 3 p.m. in the Kehrl Auditorium room VT 550 of the VistaTech Center. An additional screening will also be shown on Wednesday, March 30 where free popcorn, cookies and punch will be offered to viewers at the same times and places.
“Racing Extinction” is the story of two secret worlds that are revealed by a team of artists and environmental activist(s). These two worlds that are uncovered are those of extinction and the harm from oil and gas companies. The film uses never before seen images to portray the hidden world of international wildlife trade that include fake markets at the expense of wildlife creatures.
“This film is a great way to bring acknowledgement to themes that need to be discussed on Earth day. Most people just think that they need to recycle or change to ecofriendly ways of cleaning. There is much more happening due to climate change in modern day that needs to be discussed,” said Schoolcraft sophomore Evan bell.
Making a difference
Following the film showing, there will be a main celebration of Earth day that will continue on March 30 in the DiPonio room (VT500) in the VistaTech center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants can enjoy informative and entertaining activities, including environmental organizations meet-and-greet, free raffle giveaways, film screenings, interactive demonstrations and student poster competitions. An interactive presentation highlighting alternative and renewable energy will be featured, with educational displays as well.
Several leading community organizations from the private, public and volunteer sectors will be available for meet and greets with the public. These include Companies such as the Detroit Zoo, DTE, Friends of the Rouge, Southeast Michigan Land Conservatory, Michigan Solar Solutions and more will be in attendance. White pine tree saplings will be given to the first 50 participants. Throughout the event free raffle prizes, including Schoolcraft gift cards, items donated by community partners and an energy-themed grand prize worth over $100 will be given away.
Join Schoolcraft’s celebration of Earth day on March 29 and 30 in the VistaTech Center and don’t miss the chance to receive free food, win a prize, hear from community organizations and celebrate the earth that everyone can take part in protecting.