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Issue 17 and Earth Day

April 20, 2023
Ashley Herber

Letter from the Editor

Ashley Herber

Earth Day, happening this Saturday, April 22, affords us studious college students a great opportunity to get our noses out of our laptops and go outside to experience God’s nature.  

Interestingly, college students have always had a special connection with Earth Day. In 1969 a young activist named Denis Hayes was recruited to organize campus teach-ins to address environmental issues on April 22 because it was the weekend before spring break and final exams when he thought college students would be the most likely to participate.  

The next year, the organizers of the event changed the name to Earth Day and garnered national attention. Colleges across the country and 20 million Americans, 10% of the U.S. population, participated. Earth Day in 1970 was supported by both republicans and democrats. Since then, Earth Day has grown to include over 190 countries and each year over one billion individuals participate. [1] 

If you, like me, are going on the ASWWU Rosario trip this weekend, you will be able to help the planet on Earth Day by cleaning up Deception Pass State Park. If you are not going on the ASWWU Rosario trip, try to spend time this Saturday in nature.  

In honor of Earth Day, all our articles in this issue are themed around this special day. We have an article on what you can do to save the bees, on the importance of local farms like Frog Hollow Farms, on environmental nihilism, on Sodexo’s sustainability efforts, on local recycling information, and tips on how to get out in nature without harming the planet.  

As always, be sure to also read the latest issue of Cameron’s murder mystery series.  



  1. The history of earth day. (2022, May 11). 
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