Environmental Action Club Encourages Earth Day Celebration at Home

Thursday, April 23, 2020

ORANGEBURG, S.C. – The SC State University Environmental Action Club, an on-campus environmental advocacy group, encourages the university family to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day at home while positively impacting the environment amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

With origins dating back to 1970, the first Earth Day observance was held April 22 and mobilized over 20 million Americans to call for the increased protections of the planet. Since 1970, people across the globe have joined together to address and highlight the urgent threats facing our environment, which includes climate change, deforestation and pollution on the land, and in the water and air.

“The frequency and intensity of natural disasters has increased,” said Dr. Florence Anoruo, V. Professor of Biology and Environmental science and faculty advisor of the Environmental Action Club. “It is a known fact that black and brown people are disproportionately affected by these environmental threats and injustices.”

In addition to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Environmental Action Club urges world leaders to act on environmental degradation and climate change.

“We must apply the same scale and urgency devoted to the COVID-19 pandemic, to our response to climate change. Global leaders must embrace science on climate change and act urgently,” Anoruo continued.

“Considering the COVID-19 pandemic, we are all faced with unprecedented difficult times, and our lives have been turned upside down. We are obligated to exercise our individual and collective responsibilities by social distancing and wearing face masks to preserve human health. We can also exercise our responsibilities to individually and collectively preserve the health of the environment,” said Brandon Galloway, president of the Environmental Action Club.

With social distancing practices in mind, the Environmental Action Club has compiled a list of 10 tips for the SC State family to consider implementing to honor the Earth and positively impact the environment.

10 Tips to Make Our Environment Better

  • Eat a more plant-based diet and compost
  • Help reduce waste by reusing and recycling more
  • Start a garden to grow your own food
  • Use recyclable containers for growing plants
  • Consider energy efficient appliances and products for your home
  • Plant flowers that attract butterflies and bees
  • Conduct roadside clean up projects
  • Plant more trees
  • Take nature walks
  • Conserve water and energy in your home