Earth Day Celebrations Feature ‘Protect Our Species’ Theme


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In addition to highlighting threatened or endangered species, the North Campus organized activities focused on recycling.

The offices of Student Engagement and Activities (SEA) on the three San Jacinto College campuses are hosting Earth Day celebrations aimed at helping students better understand how their actions affect the environment, and how to adopt practices that protect the earth and different animal species.

Former North Campus SEA Specialist Jennifer Cerda said this year’s Earth Day theme is: Protect Our Species.

“The event is a fun, interactive way to learn and help our environment,” she added.

The North Campus celebration offers three hands-on activities that demonstrate how students and faculty can keep the environment safe and clean. First is a contest called Recycling Trivia Game.

“This activity, in game form, lets students learn what items should be recycled,” Cerda said. “It will also showcase where to place recyclable items around campus.”

Second, attendees will have the opportunity to create a sun catcher made from recycled plastic. She said, “This is to remind them about working together to end plastic pollution.”

Moreover, during the celebration, the science club will showcase rocks, in addition to talking about endangered species and ways to keep them from extinction.

Cerda said the celebration aligns with the College’s core value of demonstrating concern for oneself and others.

“We want to make sure our students are informed of ways they can impact the quality of health and how our environment plays a huge factor in that,” she said.

Going forward, Cerda said she sees the Earth Day celebration growing into a huge outdoor fest where in addition to enjoying themselves, students learn to integrate protective habits into their daily rituals and routines.

“Hopefully,” she said, “students come out of our event knowing it is never too late to start being environmentally conscience.”

The Earth Day Celebrations take place: from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on April 18 in the Atrium of the Science/Allied Health building (S1) on the South Campus; from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on April 22 in the lobby of the Student Center (N12) on North Campus; from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. on April 22 on the courtyard outside the Student Center (C14) on the Central Campus.