College Students Celebrate Earth Day

By Catherine Groux
Posted April 19, 2012 10:18 AM

Students across the country are celebrating Earth Day.
Students across the country are celebrating Earth Day.
On April 22, 1970, a total of 20 million Americans put aside their daily tasks and flocked to parks, auditoriums and streets to fight for an increased focus on the environment. Thousands of colleges and universities across the country organized protests, giving their students an outlet to speak out against harming the planet.

Now, 42 years later, college students will continue this tradition of honoring the planet by celebrating what has now become known as Earth Day.

Although the global event is not until Sunday, at California's Sierra College, students celebrated Earth Day on Wednesday and Thursday. One student, Samantha Kotelnicki, roamed around campus wearing a costume made of 500 grocery bags, representing the amount the average individual uses each year, the Auburn Journal reports. The student's message was conservation, as she encouraged her peers to buy reusable bags.

Across campus, other bachelor's degree seekers were also doing their part to promote the messages of Earth Day. Members of the school's Botanical Society sold plants from the local Eisley Nursery in order to teach people about low-water greenery.

At The University of Vermont, the school offered a list of 10 ways to make "sustainable changes at work for Earth Day and beyond." Across the country at the University of Arizona, students plan to celebrate Earth Day with a large celebration featuring a rock climbing wall, face painting, an inflatable obstacle course, live entertainment and interactive demonstrations on the environment, according to a school press release. More than 50 programs from the university, as well as local organizations and businesses, will attend the Earth Day celebration to teach the community how they can positively impact the planet.

"We are trying to get people to think about their everyday practices with respect to consumption and using resources," said Natalie Lucas, the executive director for the school's Students for Sustainability group. "The idea is to encourage people to be more sustainable and more friendly to the Earth, but most importantly, we see Earth Day as an opportunity for students to connect with the greater Tucson community and provide a networking opportunity with organizations and small businesses."

Bachelor's degree seekers from Michigan State University will hold a similar event this weekend with their Earth Day Extravaganza, The State News reports. Students from the Fisheries and Wildlife Club and the Lansing community will gather at the Fenner Nature Center to honor Mother Nature through hiking tours, live animal presentations and an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the most people picnicking in a 24-hour period.

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