4 Ways to Honor Earth Day at Andrews
Earth Day is this Saturday, April 22. Commemorating the planet on which we all live, this special day marks a time where we, as a people, take initiative to actively remember and appreciate the Earth. Some of you may think that Earth Day is something only celebrated by little kids or recognized by major conservation leaders, but I am here to remedy that. Earth Day is something that must be considered by all people. We depend on the Earth for everything: it provides our food, grants our housing space, and exists at just the right distance, relative to the sun, for life to exist. So with that in mind, read on to learn about four great ways to honor Earth Day here at Andrews.
1. Learn more about the Earth. There is always more to learn about the Earth, and in order to properly celebrate it, we need to know about it. For example, did you know that the Earth is the only planet with liquid water on its surface? Or that the Earth take 365.25 days to go around the sun? That’s why every four years, there are 366 days, causing a leap year. How about this one: There’s enough trash in the ocean to cover Europe. That’s trash that people have dumped in, from plastics, to tires, to most anything else you can think of. So, take a second and do some research to become more conscious of our planet.
2. Have a Conversation about Conservation. The major point of Earth Day 2017 is “environmental and climate literacy,” according to the Earth Day Network. Use the facts you know or the facts you’re learning, and discuss ways to help the Earth. Talk to others about conservation and how to get involved. Chances are, you’re not the only one who wants to make an impact, so this networking will help you to figure out your next move, and to help you keep learning more about the Earth and how people impact it. You may even learn new viewpoints about the Earth, educating you and those around you.
3. Take Direct Action. Although talking about ways to preserve the Earth is great and informative, direct involvement is always needed. An easy way that you can do this is by the Classic 3 “R’s” and “V”. First, Reduce! For example, Neighbor-to-Neighbor is always in need of donations, so instead of throwing away your old clothes, give them to a worthy cause. Reduce your waste. Next is Recycle. There is an electronics recycling event in May, after finals. Take some old electronics and recycle them. This will keep their toxins out of landfills and the ground. We also have Reuse. Instead of throwing away old newspapers or plastic bags, reuse them! You can use newspaper to wrap gifts or to pad packages, and you can use plastic bags as small trash bags. Finally, we have Vote. Make a conscious effort to look at the environmental ideals of the people with power and authority, whether that be in your city, or your country. Vote for people who care about what you care about. The Earth should be on that list.
4. Take time to observe nature Currently, the campus of Andrews University is in blooming season. You may know this because of the vibrant colors that are beginning to paint the trees or because allergies have caused your sinuses and eyes to suddenly fight back. Either way, the Earth is showing its beauty for the world. So, use this opportunity to appreciate its nature. Go for a walk around campus, admiring the trees and the flowers. Go to the beach and spend a day in the sun! Watch the little squirrels and birds finally reappear and begin to sing their songs. Take time to recognize the Earth and what it gives.
Finals is nearly here and that brings with it the end of the year. But, amidst your busy studying (or not studying) schedules, and the frantic rush to prepare for summer break, take a quick moment to consider the planet. Pick up an extra piece of trash that you see, or instead of throwing away your plastic, recycle it. Use the metal silverware in the cafeteria rather than the plastic silverware to cut down on waste. Make a conscious effort this Earth Day to remember the Earth. We only have one, let’s act like it.