Before you dismiss it as just another day for tree-huggers*, consider that Earth Day is a long and important tradition in America. The first official Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970, in what may have been the most environmentally unsound time in human history, during the height of gas guzzling cars and ubiquitous air pollution. From that era came the clean air and clean water legislation that still remains the most significant environmental guidepost today.
Since then, each annual Earth Day has reminded us that we are all citizens and stewards of the planet that supports us, and we each in some way can care for and give back to the earth that has given to us so bounteously.
Parkland celebrates Earth Day/Earth Week each April with workdays on our prairie restoration and other natural areas, and other events during the course of the week. Parkland’s Sustainable Campus Committee coordinates these and other initiatives throughout the year.
Today, snag a free autumn berry donut while you learn about the invasive species, Autumn Olive, in the Student Union from 9:30 until they run out, and join us for a free showing of the energy documentary film Switch at noon in L124.
*If you’re not already a tree-hugger, become one! Trees help offset global warming by sequestering carbon. On Earth Day and every day, love a tree!