Gregory Jones | Staff Writer

This year, Earth Week at APSU will include a series of events for interested students. These events will engage students in environmentally beneficial activities which will help demonstrate student commitment to making the university green.

I have been encouraging students to participate in Earth Week all semester. Responses have ranged from “absolutely” to “I’m too busy.” For those who are planning to be part of Earth Week here is a generic itinerary of things happening on campus Monday, April 18 through Thursday, April, 21.

On Monday, April 18, there will be a table setup in the MUC Plaza from 10 a.m.-3p.m. with information about the week’s events and a sign-up sheet for anyone who wants to participate. This will also educate students about recent sustainable efforts on campus and how to become more active in environmental committees and student organizations.

Tuesday, April 19, the Greener Campus Committee and the Students Organized to Advance Renewable Energy (SOARE) will be co-hosting a tie-dying activity in the MUC Plaza from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The T-shirts provided at the event will be organic or post-consumer recycled. Students are welcome to bring their own shirts while dye supplies are available. In the evening, the film “Green Fire” will be shown for free.

On Wednesday, April 20, SOARE will be planting trees around campus. To ensure sufficient equipment is available, interested student volunteers will sign up to participate in this event at the plaza table on Monday, April 18. Trees are being donated by the university’s landscape manager, Lindsay Jackson. Tree planting will begin at noon and continue until around 3 p.m.

Thursday, April 21, SOARE will be picking up litter around campus, properly disposing of trash and sorting recyclables. Student organizations or other groups planning to volunteer should sign up at Monday’s table in the plaza to ensure adequate supplies are appropriated. Otherwise, groups should bring their own materials. The caravan will begin around 10 a.m. and continue until campus is successfully combed and rid of debris.

Why volunteer for these events? Because you want to keep the university clean and trash-free. Because you care about a healthy environment. Because you know it’ is the right thing to do and because you or your student organization needs some last minute team-building or community service projects. Or maybe it’s because you want a tie-dye T-shirt.

If students cannot afford the time to join in campus events for Earth Week due to mid-day class schedule, don’t forget the university is closed on Friday, April 22, for Good Friday. Coincidentally, Friday is also Earth Day.

If you are one of those individuals who excuses yourself by being “too busy” for these campus events, you’re welcome to take part in this global holiday in support of the planet at your leisure. If you prefer to make a larger contribution, make everyday Earth Day. At least, that’s what I’d like to see. TAS