Students should lead the “green” movement

April 22, also known as Earth Day, is the time of the year when people bombard me with information and pamphlets on why I should take action to be more eco-friendly.

As usual, I make the same bottomless commitments that I’ve made years in the past; I promise to walk often, take shorter showers and drive less. Although at that moment I am convicted to do what’s “right” for the environment, my actions later don’t reflect the information retained.

According to, Earth Day is a day designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s environment. Founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970, the day is recognized as a national holiday and is celebrated annually in more than 175 countries.
Some environmentalists speculate that the world is in greater peril than ever. Climate change may be the world’s greatest challenge; however, it presents the greatest opportunity to build a healthy, prosperous and clean economy.

For years, caring about the environment and my own carbon footprint has been the last thing on my mind. I always figured the world would somehow take care of itself because it’s been here for so long.

However, my mindset changed once I was able to participate in a conference call with former president, Bill Clinton. I was made aware of the different obstacles and plights the world would face.

More greenhouse gases are emitted on college campuses and students remain oblivious, or nonchalant to the fact that our earth will soon face danger.

Students should take initiative to learn about different ways to better the environment. By participating in different activities or attending different forums, students may gain a better understanding of how to take care of our home.