WLU celebrates third annual Environmental Education Day

By Hannah Mason, Assistant Editor

Wed., April 22 is both Earth Day and the third annual Environmental Education Day at West Liberty. The event will take place in the ballroom of the College Union, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Environmental Education Day is sponsored by Reisbeck’s Food Markets, Inc., and includes 18 participants from all over the Ohio Valley and the West Liberty community. There will be representatives from the Children’s Museum of the Ohio Valley, Nike, Ohio County Master’s Gardeners, Ohio County WVU Extension Office, Ohio Valley Peace, Schrader Environmental Center, Scrappy Pappy’s, WGLZ Radio, West Virginia DEP, West Virginia Master Naturalists, Wheeling Green Table, Wheeling Water Warriors, the WLU Biology Club, and Woodsdale United, all coming together to educate about and share a passion for the environment.

The event this year has grown to almost twice the number of participating groups than when it started three years ago, according to Dr. Dave Thomas, Professor of English and Chair of the Green Initiative Committee and the Council of Sustainability. “This event,” Thomas said, “which began as an educational-outreach program about environmental issues by the Green Initiative Committee,” is now cosponsored by the Council of Sustainability.

New this year, Thomas said, will be a peaceful demonstration on the quad from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in support of greenness and sustainability, as well as new tables collecting electronics for e-cycling and a table from Nike which will be collecting used athletic shoes to repurpose into new shoes, toys, playground surfacing, and more.

It is Thomas’s hope that because of Environmental Education Day, everyone in the West Liberty community “takes away new information about environmental responsibility and sees that there are many local groups who are trying to make a difference for Gaia!”

“Everyone who lives on earth has a moral obligation to care for it,” Thomas said. “We do not own the earth, we only borrow it from future generations.”

For more information, contact Dave Thomas at [email protected], and stop by Environmental Education Day in the College Union ballroom on April 22 to celebrate Earth Day and learn about how to take care of the planet!

 

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