Students to celebrate Earth Week with planet-friendly activities


ACU students of all majors will explore environmental issues and celebrate Earth Week through presentations
of group projects Wednesday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the McGlothlin Campus Center.

The Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Department also will offer demonstrations of a chicken tractor, composting worms and other earth-friendly activities during that time. The public is invited to attend the presentations.

Each semester, Dr. Jim Cooke, professor of environmental sciences, requires students in his Environmental and Technological Science class to do group projects.

About 24 groups with students of all majors will present their projects this year. The projects cover environmental issues including deforestation, technology addiction, water pollution and genetically modified organisms.

“The idea of Earth Week and Earth Day is to celebrate the earth, to celebrate the creation and to appreciate it and to enjoy it,” Cooke said. “It’s free. It doesn’t cost you anything. It’s good for your health.”

Cooke said he designs projects to involve the students in the community, whether that’s through field trips, interviews or volunteering. Some students help at a food bank or community development organization because Cooke also teaches about ecological justice, which deals with the poor, the hungry or the trafficked.

“The takeaway from the class is to learn more about your surroundings,” Cooke said. “When you have understanding, that leads to caring, and caring leads to action.”

Each group project will have information about an issue and suggestions for ways people can take action.

“Just do the three R’s of earth care, which may sound like they’re not that important, but they’re huge actually,” Cooke said. “Reduce your consumption, reuse things, recycle.”

The public also is invited to a session about the environment presented by Dr. Mitchell Hescox, president and CEO of the Evangelical Environmental Network, at 9 a.m. in Hart Auditorium. The EEN is a national Christian organization that seeks to educate, inspire and mobilize Christians to take care of the earth.