In celebration of Earth Day, ENMU’s Environmental Science Club and Associated Students Activities Board (ASAB) are coming together to plant a tree on campus, Friday, April 28, 2017.
The idea was first proposed by the Environmental Science Club as a way to bring awareness regarding environmental impacts and Earth Day itself. “We really wanted to give back to the earth and do something for the community,” said Amanda Eavenson, club president. With the generous donation by Physical Plant, the Environmental Science Club was given a list of trees they could use; together they decided on a red oak as the tree is native to New Mexico.
During this community activity, Environmental Science Club and ASAB will be handing out planters made from recycled bottles to the first 100 students in attendance. The planters will be filled with potting soil and a variety of flower seeds. “Recycling nowadays is such as big part of keeping the earth clean and helping stop climate change. These bottles show people a minimal thing you can do to help with that,” said Eavenson.
Both Environmental Science Club and ASAB understand the importance of celebrating Earth day on campus. Clay Enderez, a coordinator for ASAB said, “We need to give back. This is the place we live, and if we don’t protect it, it’ll come back to [punish] us.” Eavenson believes students should celebrate the day because “it gives awareness not only to the campus community, but to Portales as well that climate change is a real thin and we need to take care of the environment.” In the following years, the Environmental Science Club hopes the tree planting will become a yearly event and plans to work with SODEXO to improve recycling around campus.
Planting of the tree will come at the very end of Spring Fling Week, which will take place from Monday, April 24, to Friday, April 28, 2017. Other festivities throughout the day will include games on lawn near the CUB and a concert by the band The Strive.