Earth is the beautiful planet we call home. For years, it was an untainted source of beauty. We humans lived with it and worked with it. As time has progressed and the world has become more industrialized and urbanized, some people have forgotten the importance of mother nature–what Earth provides that we can take for granted. Earth Day is a time for people to step back and remember that the Earth is a gift, and it is ours to take care of.
This year, Earth Day is on Saturday, April 22, and the LFHS Environmental Club has planned events for the entire week leading up to it, April 17-22, which they have dubbed “Earth Week.” Below is a list of events that the Environmental Club has planned along with descriptions of what each one is, and how students and staff can get involved.
Monday, April 17th—“Meatless Monday”
Go meatless with any of the vegan or meat-free options being offered by the cafeteria today! Find out more at the table sponsored by the Vegan Club. More carbon emissions are produced by cows’ methane gas production than by all transportation vehicles combined. Forests (which store harmful carbon instead of releasing it into the atmosphere) are decimated to make room for cattle. If everyone ate less meat, we could significantly lower the amount of carbon in the atmosphere, which would reduce global warming and climate change.
Tuesday, April 18th—“Terracycle Tuesday”
Bring in any of the items listed below to the table in the cafeteria in order to get a raffle ticket for a Chipotle gift Card! Environmental Club needs your old toothbrushes, empty toothpaste tubes, floss & mouthwash containers, expired makeup, and empty Go-Go Squeeze & other squeezable food packets. They turn in these hard-to-recycle items to TerraCycle in order to keep them out of landfills. TerraCycle gives them a modest amount of money for each item, which they can donate to Environmental charities of our choosing.
Wednesday, April 19th—“Water Bottle Wednesday”
Bring your reusable water bottle to the Environmental Club table on Wednesday and in return get a cool environment-themed sticker for your bottle or your laptop! Reusable bottles keep tons of plastic out of landfills each year and saves a significant amount of money, energy and water that goes into making plastic bottles. Plus, the tap water that we get here from Lake Michigan is some of the best in the country, so we should take advantage of that instead of spending money on bottled water. A gallon of fresh tap water costs you $.0015 cents, while a gallon of bottled water can cost from about $1.20 to $7.50 per gallon (depending on the size of the bottle you buy). We have the best water available to us at LFHS, why in the world would you buy bottled water?
Thursday, April 20th—“Think Green Thursday”
Bike for a free breakfast on Thursday! Bagels and Donuts will be provided starting at 8:30 for those people who bike or walk to school. Reduce your carbon footprint by avoiding using fossil fuels in your car and get some excellent exercise! Team up with a friend or an entire sports team for a great workout and free treats in the morning. Just meet the Environmental Club near the bike racks in the morning.
Friday, April 21st–“Free Plant Friday”
Stop by the Environmental Club table in the cafeteria and get a free spider plant! Plants improve indoor air quality by removing toxins from the air and reducing carbon emissions. This would be an especially great addition to any office or classroom at LFHS as well as your home!
On top of all of this, Lake Bluff is having an Earth Day celebration on the day itself, Saturday, April 22. Enviro Club hopes to see everyone participate! Be sure to come out and show your support of Mother Earth!