MCC students participate in Earth Day activities

As part of a local observance of Earth Day, a large group of MCC students, many

representing Phi Theta Kappa honorary, picked up trash along Business U.S. 31 in Muskegon.

Earth Day has been designated as a day to celebrate the planet and encourage people to

be more environmentally friendly. It is now an annual event and is widely regarded as the

beginning of the modern environmental movement.

Activities associated with the day often include planting trees, raising awareness about

recycling, volunteering for green projects, and reducing the amount of energy people consume.

Earth Day was founded by Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, after he

witnessed the ravages of the 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara, California.

Inspired by the student anti-war movement, he realized that if he could combine

that energy with the emerging public consciousness about the environment, then it could be

propelled into the national political agenda. April 22 was picked as the date for Earth Day as it

fell between spring break and final exams.

The first celebration involved 20 million Americans and shortly afterwards the passage of

the landmark Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and many other

groundbreaking environmental laws followed.

By the ‘90s, Earth Day had gone global with 200 million people in 141 countries on

board, lifting environmental issues onto the world stage.

The Earth Day theme for 2017 is environmental and climate literacy.  To continue the

momentum, consider trying some of the following activities:

 Walk to work, cycle or take public transport

 Use a reusable coffee cup

 Recycle

 Go paperless

 Take a tote bag to shop

 Plant a tree

 Go meat or dairy free at least once a week

 Carry a reusable water bottle

 Grow your own fruit and vegetables

 Buy local produce


Participating in last weekend’s Earth Day clean-up sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa were (from
left) Tyler Carr, Aaron VanderWood and Michaela Bossett. – Bay Window photo.


Featured Image: Jacob Lorenz and Alyssa Tucker were among the group of MCC students who participated in trash cleanup along Business U.S. 31 on Saturday. – Photo by Grace Dowling.

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