Miami, April 19, 2021 — Every year on Earth Day, April 22, one billion people around the world come together in an effort to promote sustainable practices, clean energy, conservation, plant-based consumption, and overall wellness of planet Earth and its biodiversity. Miami Dade College’s (MDC) North Campus will once again celebrate earth day with a week-long series of virtual events, including digital submissions of students’ work, interactive events, lectures, and resources to promote environmental awareness and support sustainable practices. All events and resources are free.
This year’s Earth Day theme is “Restore our Earth” and will feature collaborations between students, faculty, staff, the North Campus’ Green Team and MDC’s Earth Ethics Institute.
“MDC North Campus aims to inspire the college community in driving change for global literacy, wellness, and sustainability. The college’s mission to foster awareness and educate our students and community on earth preservation has always been at the forefront,” said North Campus Interim President Fermin Vazquez.
Links to videos and live broadcasts of activities is available at https://libraryguides.mdc.edu/greenteam.
View a list of Earth Day events below:
Monday, April 19, 2021: Earth Day 2021 #MDCMeatlessMonday
Learning Resources director Israel Sanchez will kick off the Earth Day 2021, week celebrations with the #MDCMeatlessMonday challenge. We invite you to take on this challenge by eating plant-based foods all-day, Monday, April 19. Share a video of your meal prep, or a picture of your meal. For ideas on plant-based, climate-friendly meals, please visit our Green Team’s LibGuide: https://libraryguides.mdc.edu/greenteam. Enter your submission via Microsoft Form or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Time: Asynchronous Event
Wednesday, April 21, 2021: Green Chemistry Presentation by Dr. Andreina Aguado Jimenez
Join Dr. Aguado Jimenez in an engaging conversation about “Green Chemistry”. Green chemistry, also called sustainable chemistry, is an area of chemistry and chemical engineering focused on the design of products and processes that minimize or eliminate the use and generation of hazardous substances. See how you can make easy changes and contribute to atom economy.
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Weeklong: The Great Global Cleanup 2021
Whether you join a local cleanup organization or you do it individually, you can make a big difference. Join the global effort to clean up areas in your local community. Share your pictures or videos with MDC North Campus to be featured in our North Campus News. Use the hashtag #NorthCampusCleanup. You may submit your pictures or videos via email at email@example.com.
Tuesday, April 20, 2021: Learn How to Compost at Home
Composting can drastically reduce that amount of solid waste we put in our garbage. Professor Kuhn will deliver a pre-recorded workshop on how to make a homemade compost. Professor Kuhn will discuss: the difference between using worms in a composter and typical soil decomposition, the benefits of composting and methods of decomposition when you have time and space constraints, brown composting versus green composting, the types of materials that can be used for composting and how we can compost at the North Campus garden and the important of understanding what not to compost
Guest may join the session by visiting the Green Team LibGuide.
April 22, 2021: Student Showcase of PBL Projects on Plastic Pollution Solutions
Students will explore the global plastic pollution problem in their Global Sustainability and Earth Literacy Studies (GSELS)-related psychology course. In small Project Based Learning (PBL) groups, students will conduct research and generate viable solutions to address the plastic problem. They will apply social psychology methods to reach other students and members of the community to engage them in mitigating the plastic pollution problem.
Time: 11:20 am – 12:30 pm
Weeklong: Ongoing: Sustainability Made Simple: Small Changes for Big Impact
Learning Resources invites you to read Sustainability Made Simple: Small Changes for Big Impact remotely. Explore sustainability and sustainable living, from the relationship between everyday life and the intricate global environmental issues of today, to simple changes you can make to lead a more sustainable life.
For more information, please contact Israel Sanchez, Campus Director of Learning Resources, firstname.lastname@example.org.