The Environmental Club, which has been working to make Christian Brothers more environmentally friendly since its foundation, is branching out to make a larger global impact. Starting on Monday February 24th and continuing through Thursday February 27th, the club will be selling stickers for $2 each to help raise money for the Australian fires. The […]
The Environmental Club, which has been working to make Christian Brothers more environmentally friendly since its foundation, is branching out to make a larger global impact. Starting on Monday February 24th and continuing through Thursday February 27th, the club will be selling stickers for $2 each to help raise money for the Australian fires. The money will be donated to the World Wildlife Fund, an organization that is working to gather funds for immediate and long-term recovery of Australia’s natural resources.
Australia has been burning since late July, and the fires aren’t dying down any time soon. As of mid-January, more than 17.9 million acres have burned across the continent, thousands of animals have been killed, and more are in danger of dying. But what can we, as members of the Christian Brothers community, do to help?
Mrs. Kelly Safford, founder and moderator of the club, claims that the group has never done anything on an international level before.
“We used to do a penny drive here, which was a class competition…we would donate the funds to the Consumnes River Preserve from that. But we’ve never done anything on this scale.”
She said that the idea was suggested by Grace Larsen-Anderson (’20), an active member of the club, at one of the group’s hectic meetings. The gatherings, which occur on Fridays during the morning break between classes, usually consist of students sitting down and brainstorming ideas for ways to help the environment and then attacking those problems one at a time. With the fires in Australia being one of the biggest recent concerns for climate change activists around the world, Grace suggested that the club do something to raise money for the blazing issue. When the students agreed that selling stickers would be a good solution, she put together a few designs that centered around bringing awareness to the situation.
Club president Emily Sperring (’20) has also been actively trying to make people more cognizant of people’s impacts on the environment.
“Environmental Club’s mission is to implement sustainable practice on campus and to encourage students and faculty to incorporate more eco-friendly activities into their everyday lives,” she states.
The group has succeeded in making CB more environmentally conscious, as they pushed the school to expand recycling on campus and are currently working toward reducing the amount of food waste from the cafeteria.
While these actions might seem small compared to the problems arising from climate change, Mrs. Safford wants us to remember that “nobody’s perfect. It’s little tiny things that count.”
Another advocate of living an eco-friendly existence is Sydney Schumaker (’22). She and her sister, Siena Schumaker (’20), have been members of the environmental club for the past two years and have tried to lessen the amount of waste they’re producing in their daily lives through the use of reusable products.
“This is our future and we need to start thinking about living more sustainable lifestyles,” Sydney asserts.
Mrs. Safford also agrees that we need to think about the bigger picture when it comes to climate change. She believes that we’re going to need to involve people who have the power to enact change on a more advanced degree.
“Eventually, we need some help with this from our government. Otherwise, we’re going to go crazy trying to change things,” she argues.
In the meantime, we should all do what we can to help out in small ways. Whether that means using reusable water bottles and bags instead of single-use plastics or donating a couple of dollars to buy a sticker, everyone should do his or her part to save the planet.