For the Love of Nature
By: Brigid McLaughlin
It’s April, and that means it’s Earth Month in Long Beach. Mother Earth provides for us in so many ways, and as we continue to soak up her natural resources, we can use this month to give back, and get informed on environmental sustainability.
On campus at Cal State University Long Beach, celebrate Earth Month by joining students and faculty for a week environmental awareness events April 22-26.
April 22 – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Earth Week Kick-off
April 22 – 7 to 10 p.m. Wall-E Movie Screening
April 23 – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Composting 101
April 23 – 4 to 6 p.m. Plant a Plant
April 24 – 4 to 7 p.m. Green Generation Mixer & Sustainability Project
April 25 – 2 to 4 p.m. Trivia Tournament
April 26 – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. State of the Environment Conference
April 26 – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Arbor Day Celebration
Britny Coker-Moen, the director of marketing and communications for the Student Sustainability Coalition, hopes that Long Beach State students will take a closer look at climate change and what can be done to stop it through the Earth Week events.
The SSC’s conference will be the grand finale. “We are closing Earth Week again with the second annual State of the Environment Conference, a day-long program that aims to bring like-minded students, staff, faculty and professionals together to raise awareness and discuss the current state of the environment,” Coker-Moen says. “This event is zero-waste and will have a free vegan lunch catered by Tacos Sin Karma, opportunity drawings, sustainable gift bags, a film screening and much more.”
Since 2014, Long Beach State has adopted a Climate Action Plan or CAP to help adapt to climate change and promote resilience as we continue to feel the effects that humans have had on planet Earth. This plan is similar to that of many other college campuses, it’s also much like the one being developed under Long Beach Development Services the CAAP or Climate Action and Adaptation Plan. Both plans aim to initiate research on the environment and what can be done to mitigate the effects of global warming, and incite change as the climate changes too.
Overall, CSULB and Long Beach city are committed to a cleaner, greener environmental state so that students, faculty and residents can enjoy this city for as long as possible. In addition to participation in Earth Week events at CSULB, take action by making small, sustainable lifestyle changes and taking the Go Green Pledge, curated by the city of Long Beach, Office of Sustainability.
By taking the pledge, you are committing to doing small, sustainable tasks like planting a climate friendly plant, or choosing to refuse single use plastics for the month of April. Pledgers are encouraged to continue the pledge for as long as they believe in environmental protection and learn more on sustainability in the city of Long Beach through the Sustainability Office website.