During Hofstra’s Earth day Fred Soviero, Director of Hofstra’s Aboretum, held a tour and there were activities for students to participate in to educate them on the importance of sustainability.
On April 22, Hofstra University held a series of events on campus to promote Earth Day and gain awareness. Earth Day is an annual event that promotes the protection of the environment and everything that inhabits it. The first event began at 9:00am and the last event concluded at 9:00pm. The Hofstra community was heavily involved including the Sustainability Studies Club and the Department of Geology.
The Arboretum Tour led by Fred Soviero, Director of the University Arboretum, presented the beautiful campus and the variety of plants that can be seen all over. Later on, Mr. Soviero displayed his impressive knowledge of Hofstra’s Horticulture and spoke about why it is important for everyone to take environmental issues seriously. These decisions would allow us to live in healthier and safer circumstances. “ We were hoping many years ago, when the arboretum was first conceived and now know for a fact, that making plants readily available in an attractive way to people, will spark their interest and jump start that process of knowledge. Where they take it from there is up to each individual,” he stated.
Dr. J Bret Bennington, a professor in the Department in Geology, Environment, and Sustainability at Hofstra gave his insight on our neglect to the environment. “ I’m not so sanguine. But I guess we’ll find out soon enough if humanity can continue to thrive on an environmental dysfunctional planet. We know what we need to do to sustain the natural systems that sustain us. We just lack the political will to do it,” he stated.
Students were encouraged to take part in the garden planting event in the southern part of the campus near Stuyvesant Residence Hall. There were about twenty Hofstra students and faculty members but most of the attendees were young children from local pre-schools. Tomatoes, cucumbers , and other crops were planted.
Workshops and power-point presentations were held during the later hours discussing responsible investing in greener options for the future. Fossil Fuels remained one of the main focuses in the 12:45 pm presentation and why our dependence on them has will have a negative impact on our future. Some of the featured speakers included Dr. E. William Colglazier (Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State), Dr, Burrell Montz (Professor and Chair at East Carolina University) and many others.
On Wednesday, April 23, an Earth Day Open Air Festival took place in Caulkins Quad where many local community organizations celebrated collectively. The Hofstra community hoped that with these events, people would recognize the damage we are causing and how we can salvage our resources more effectively.
Earth Day festivities took place at Hofstra University on April 22 and 23.
A Storify was created to show the interaction between users about Earth Day, raising awareness about the Earth’s condition and getting people involved.
Here is an Infographic discussing what is in the earth’s air, how much is recycled and the amount of trees in North America.