Get Your Green on at These Earth Week Festivities

The earthSustainability and the environment will be front and center at SMC’s Earth Day celebration—which has been expanded to last the whole week. On Wednesday, April 24, join in the Earth Day Festival on the De La Salle Lawn at 1 p.m., where you’ll find over 20 booths from on- and off-campus organizations. Get up close and personal with the electric vehicle of your future; get some eats at the Global Gael Food Truck, twist it up at yoga, and enjoy music and art.

As part of Sustainable Saint Mary’s Earth Week, the Mission & Ministry center will be showing the documentary The True Cost, which asks the question: Who pays the price for our clothing? Come watch this film and find out how the fashion industry and your clothing choices have an impact on human trafficking. A panel discussion will follow the film, and a free dinner will be provided! The free screening will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24, in Galileo 201.

Go green on Thursday, April 25, by taking part in the 2019 Saint Mary’s Bike to School day. Whether you’re a seasoned bike commuter or have never tried it, commit to riding to work/school for a day. Want to join a community of thousands of Bay Area bike communiters? Check out the Bay Area Bike Challenge here. If you can't bike to work on April 25th, try taking another form of alternative transportation - bus, train, carpool, walk, or scooter. Take pictures of your ride and share @SMCSUSTAINABILITY.

At 5 p.m. on Thursday, stop by the Museum of Art Courtyard to get inspired by the Eco Art Show, a student-run exhibition and auction featuring artwork that challenges the human relationship and natural environment, including global environmental issues and solutions. All proceeds from the silent auction go to the SMC Green Gaels Club. Refreshments are provided. 

And on Friday, April 26, join other students, staff, and faculty for a hike in the SMC hills at 1 p.m., meeting in front of the Chapel.

“Earth Day/Week provides a time for us to focus our awareness on the critical actions we need to take to protect our Earth's natural resources,” said Ann Drevno, SMC’s sustainability director. “In line with our Lasallian mission and in concert with the 300th anniversary of the death Jean Baptist de La Salle, I feel we have a moral imperative to not only celebrate the Earth and all that it offers us, but also look critically at the history and conditions that have denied certain communities access to some of the Earth's most precious resources and/or the hazards that have disproportionately burdened particular communities.

“We are amidst several environmental crises—climate change and the technology revolution are two big ones that come to mind. Both of these crises will, and sadly already have, disproportionately impacted the most vulnerable and marginalized communities. These issues—social justice, concern for the poor and marginalized, respect for all persons—are at the core of what we teach. As such, our Earth Day Festival and subsequent events throughout the week aim to not only celebrate the gifts of the Earth but highlight the important work that still needs to be done, especially related issues of environmental justice,” said Drevno.