Last Friday and Saturday, in honor of Earth Week and Earth Day on Thursday, Knox Advocates for Recycling and Environmental Sustainability (KARES) hosted films and gave out information on sustainability.
On Friday, students who took a class with professor of environmental studies Peter Schwartzman had the chance to show a short film they made for the class, followed the next night by a showing of No Impact Man, a documentary about one man’s attempt to harm the earth as little as he possibly can.
“I definitely think it was a success because a lot of people came and enjoyed themselves,” junior and co-President of KARES Michelle Gerber said. She also said it showed that “there could be a lot more collaboration on projects” related to sustainability.
Food for Thought, the composting committee and Baked Benevolence were some of the groups that had tables at the Gizmo patio on Saturday. Food for Thought not only brought a spread of food but also a poster for people to write about what local, sustainable food means to them and why it is important. Answers ranged from health reasons to supporting the local economy.
“It’s mainly to raise our awareness about our impact on the earth,” Gerber said. “It is kind of funny boiling it down to a day or a week, but there are ongoing projects. It’s not just something that takes place in a week.”
Junior and co-President of KARES Alex Lindberg said she thought Earth Week was a great time for the rest of campus to see what KARES accomplishes.
“I think a lot of the time our club works behind the scenes doing important things,” Lindberg said. “It’s a great opportunity for us to let people on campus see what we’re doing.”
Lindberg also said that not many people realize the work that goes behind the recycling programs on campus.
“People take that for granted,” she said. “A lot of people don’t know what’s going on.”
This year marked the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.