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City College Students learn the importance of Earth Day
City College student Lorelle Greene, social science major, talks with SMUD employees Mathew Leurgans and Jeanelle Carrasco about what they do in the community. April 19, 2016. Diane Mitchell, Guest Photographer. | [email protected]

Earth Day was celebrated this week at City College by having student organizations set up booths to demonstrate the importance of environmental protection.

The Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society coordinated the annual green week by inviting SMUD, electric cars, and more to campus for students to learn.

“We work with administration to try to improve campus lives and try to improve student success on campus,” said City College Vice President of PTK Carmel Wright.

Wright stood at the PTK booth with other members and set up two games for students to play: Toss the Trash and Unscramble the Ruble.

“We focus more on educational games to help the student body understand what’s recyclable and what’s trash,” Wright said.

However, recycling isn’t the only way students can stay self-sustainable.

The Chemistry Club offered alternatives to keeping the environment green with hands-on demos of PH testings in soils affected with base and acid.

“In the agricultural industry there are concerns and understandings of different environments of soils, the different acidities, different nutrient levels, different variables, and that factors into how well they can crop different foods,” said City College student Austin Thomas. “So since we are the Chemistry Club, were here to foster the idea that chemistry is a big factor.”

Alongside his other chemistry members, Thomas says that being there and promoting ideas is a small step to helping the environment and so students can pass the information along to make a difference.

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Awareness became the theme for Earth Week as shared stepping stones for a healthier environment.

Anthony Rutherford and Amina Malika, City College students and members of the Peace Garden, also set up a booth. But instead of games and stickers they placed bowls of fresh local grown vegetables at their table.

Rutherford and his Peace Garden crew take open spaces and fill them with vegetable gardens to help others in need.

This season’s harvest was grown in a vacant lot in Oak Park, off King Boulevard and 7th Avenue. Rutherford explained that the process is therapeutic and allows people to express themselves.

“The idea to put out there is that there’s a lot of open space,” said Rutherford. “Every park has approximately four to five open vacant lots that are totally undeveloped and so this is free range. My father and I, and others, we take it upon ourselves to use the land in which everyone does not see and chooses not to pay attention too. There are perhaps others that go in and use it for drugs, alcohol abuse, things like that. Those are referred to as brown areas, and we convert them into community gardens, then an obvious transformation happens and those afflicted with those types of habits can benefit as well from getting food in their bodies.”

Earth Day is a reminder to people everywhere to appreciate Earth’s environment and create awareness on how to help it.

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