Earth Week

Roberta Perry - April 18, 2016

In 1970, 20 million Americans mobilized on the first Earth Day. As a result of their actions that first year, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was created and the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts were passed. Today, more than one billion people from 192 countries participate in Earth Day activities. Our observance of Earth Day at Rosemont may seem small in comparison to what the rest of the world may be doing, but if we at Rosemont know anything, it is the POWER of small.
 
The “Acts of Green” we do are very important, but becoming aware of what’s at stake and who’s doing what are as significant. This week on campus, the Catholic Climate Covenant Committee has planned a week’s worth of Actions and Words.
 
Monday
Speaker: Diana Thompson, Grumblethorpe Education Director 
Location: Library, Reading Room
Time: 6:30–7:30 p.m.
 
Tuesday
Discussion Group: “Climate Change: How soon will Philadelphia be under Water?” 
Location: Main Building
Time: 7:00–8:00 p.m.
 
Thursday
Student Discussion Panel: “The Chesapeake Bay Service Trip: Issues at the Bay”
Location: Main Building
Time: 7:00–8:00 p.m.
 
Friday - Earth Day 
Sophomore Tree Blessing Ceremony
Location: In front of Main Building
Time: Noon–1:00 p.m.
 
Dress Down to Clean-Up: Student clean-up down on campus
Location: Pick up a rake in front of Main Building
Time: 1:00–4:00 p.m.
 
Go Dark!: Turn off your devices and come watch San Andreas
Location: Cardinal Hall
Time: 8:00–11:00 p.m.
 
I checked out this website. http://www.earthday.org/take-action/ It has some great tips, history, ways to get involved, and there information that might spark some ideas for what you can do on campus to make a difference.
 
  • BE A CITIZEN SIGNER-By adding your name to the millions already calling for global climate action, we will remind leaders this agreement is a historic one, brought about by the actions of millions.
  • EAT LESS MEAT-The meat industry generates nearly one-fifth of the man-made greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. Help make a difference by limiting your meat consumption.
  • START COMPOSTING-More than a billion pounds of food are thrown away every year. Help make a difference by turning your food waste into soil.
  • STOP USING DISPOSABLE PLASTIC-Help end our obsession with plastic and protect the environment. Take the pledge to stop using disposable plastic.
  • REDUCE YOUR FOOTPRINT-Take the Ecological Footprint Quiz and learn how you can reduce your impact on the planet.
  • BUY LOCAL PRODUCE-at healthier and help reduce your carbon footprint by buying local produce. Take the pledge and we'll show you how to find local produce near you.
  • END JUNK MAIL-Junk mail is not only a major inconvenience, it also has an extremely negative impact on the environment. Help reduce the amount of junk mail you receive.
  • RECYCLE YOUR E-WASTE-Every year, thousands of old electronic devices are thrown into landfills, polluting the environment, when they can be recycled. Pledge to recycle your e-waste.
 
It really is the small stuff that means the most!
Campus for Earth Week in the middle of Spring