Thursday, April 29, 2010

News Release: Earth Day at Ramapo College

By Stephanie Noda

Ramapo College is making great strides in their celebration of Earth Day. Earth Day was first created in 1962, when Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin grew despondent over the lack of public interest in environmentalism, a sentiment that can be found on his official website: “for several years, it had been troubling me that the state of our environment was simply a non-issue in the politics of the country. Finally, in November 1962, an idea occurred to me that was, I thought, a virtual cinch to put the environment into the political ‘limelight’ once and for all.” This day, which is celebrated on the April 22, serves as a method of promoting the ideals of the environmental movement.

The first event Ramapo College will offer is a Sustainable Late Night on Tuesday, April 20. Late Night Dining is a service that the Birch Tree Inn dining hall provides every night from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. During Late Night Dining, food is served on disposable paper plates, paper cups, and plastic cutlery, all of which are thrown away and create an environmental impact. During Sustainable Late Night, however, compostable paper plates and cornstarch cutlery, which is easier than plastic to biodegrade, are provided in an attempt to lessen this environmental impact.

The second event planned to celebrate Earth Day at Ramapo College is the Earth Day Carnival that will take place on Thursday, April 22 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. This carnival will feature many environmental-based games to entertain students, as well as inform them about the problems associated with our current lifestyle and its effect on the natural world. In addition to the featured games, plastic bottle caps, which need to be sent to special recycling plants in order to be reused, can be brought to the carnival and redeemed for prizes.

With these events, Ramapo College is making sure that educating students about environmentalism is not only informative, but also an entertaining experience.

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