Photograph of Green Project founders by Madison Medeiros
By Mary Ventura
The time for hibernation is finally over as April 22, millions of people, including the Green Project of Cape Cod Community College (4Cs), will be drawn back outdoors to show appreciation for their planet, as they celebrate Earth Day.
For years, this annual event has been a day dedicated to ensuring the protection of the environment. Currently, 192 countries across the globe acknowledge this day and contribute toward improving environmental issues.
“The Earth is falling apart,” said 4Cs student Stuart Friedrich. “Now more than ever we need to celebrate the planet and figure out a way to make it better.”
That’s exactly what The Green Project is aiming to do.
Madison Medeiros, co-founder of the Green Project, shared her opinion on the significance of Earth Day, stating, “I think Earth Day is important because it is an opportunity for all of us to unite on an important issue and organize ways we can achieve sustainability together.”
From April 22 through April 25, the Green Project will be extending Earth Day into a week-long celebration. Although still in the process of finalizing, Medeiros and the Green Project are eager to welcome the participation of 4Cs students throughout the week.
Through their efforts and collaboration, the club members have organized various events, each directed toward the planet’s health and sustainability.
On Earth Day, in the lower Grossman Commons from 12 PM to 2 PM, all 4Cs students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in a week-long pledge against the use of single-use plastics. All participants will be entered into a raffle for the chance to win a basket supplied with sustainable items like homemade soap, shampoo bars, toothpaste tablets and compostable cutlery.
Outside of the lower Grossman Commons on April 23, from 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM, all are welcome to decorate birdhouses, as well as enjoy outdoor games. Materials used to decorate and fill the houses will be non-toxic, vegan, and bird-friendly. The houses will later be hung on campus for chirping visitors.
Wednesday’s activities will occur outside the Science Building’s greenhouse from 2 PM until 4 PM. Participants are welcome to garden and play outdoor games with the Green Project alongside of the Active Minds Club.
The final event of the week will be a campus clean-up, which will take place on April 25, from 12:30 PM-1:30 PM. Location and details about the event are in the process of finalization and can be learned by attending one of the previous events or by e-mailing Medeiros.
When it comes to creating a sustainable campus environment, some believe that recycling is the key. Student Joe Malicia directed a question at those who may not see the importance in recycling.
“Why would you not take an extra 15 seconds out of your day to better the earth?” asked Malicia.
Medeiros revealed that she chooses to focus on making all aspects of her life as sustainable as possible.
“Being environmentally conscious can and should be an everyday practice,” said Medeiros. “It all starts with self-control and I think the simplest solution is to work on ways to reduce your consumption and waste.”
As Earth Day fast approaches, Medeiros wants to make sure people understand that, “It’s a day to appreciate the little, yet vital things we take for granted each day that keep this world and its ecosystems thriving.”
Illustration by Harley Turso.