UMD’s Student Sustainability Committee kicks off Earth Day celebrations with arts and crafts

unnamed-5By Charlotte Dulany

SGA’s Student Sustainability Committee (SSC) held an arts and crafts-making event April 5 in preparation for their annual Earth Day festival later this month.

Committee members and volunteers painted the earth with a water faucet coming out of the bottom, meant to represent the continuous drain of our most valuable resource because of people not being environmentally conscious.

“This event is super fun, because we get to paint with our friends and then have something to keep after,” said Kate Harrison, an SSC member and senior environmental science and policy major.

The arts and crafts session was among the three major events SSC holds each semester. Past events and initiatives have included screenings of environmentally-focused films and documentaries, climate justice movements and participation in BSOS Dean’s Student Advisory Council’s International Week.

While Earth Day is officially April 22 this year, the committee’s annual Earth Day Festival will be held on April 16 and feature a variety of music, activities and speakers.

Art from the event will be made into an interactive activity at the festival. In addition, attendees will be able to add to the mural and paint with only their hands to show the imprint each human being leaves on the environment.

“I think sustainability is an important issue that is often overlooked, and one that has been developing even more in recent times,” said Cayli Baker, a senior government and politics and English double major.

Right now, SSC is working on implementing free reusable bag stations in dorms and in convenience stores and evaluating the sustainability practices of College Park restaurants.

“We advocate for any and all practices that make student life for the university more sustainable in every sense of the word,” said SGA Director of Sustainability Willem Klajbor, senior environmental science and policy and economics double major.

SSC advises the university administration and SGA to ensure that environmental sustainability remains a campus-wide focus, according to their website. Their focus on environmental issues extends across campus, as well as in the surrounding community and the state.

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