Environmental ClubOne of the most active student organizations this fall has been the Environmental Club. Led by Mr. Merryman, this group of students has made it their mission to spread the message of sustainability throughout the upper school. One of the first projects spearheaded by the club has been their “Meatless Monday” initiative. Inspired by the organization Green Week, the Environmental Club encourages students and faculty to reduce their meat consumption by going vegetarian for just one day a week. Some vegetarians have chosen to do so for the ethics behind meat production or for religious reasons, but what many do not know is the toll that the meat industry is taking on our planet. Producing more CO2 emissions than the entire transportation industry and taking up 26% of the Earth’s total ice-free land, the meat industry is consuming natural resources at an alarming rate. Between rapid consumption of resources and wasteful cultivation techniques, the meat industry has evolved into something it was never intended to be. The Environmental Club encourages members of the community to take the challenge and give up meat for just one day. The club is currently working alongside SAGE dining to reduce the number of meat options on Mondays, making it easier for students who have taken the pledge. Members of the Environmental Club have also begun to tackle the Lexus Eco Challenge, a project in which students are encouraged to come up with ways within their communities to regulate the climate and the air quality. This challenge will continue all throughout the month of November, so keep an eye out for updates from its participants. The Environmental Club was also able to plan a movie night for students interested in learning more about what specific issues are facing our planet. Before the Flood, a documentary produced by United Nations Ambassador of Peace and Academy Award Winner, Leonardo DiCaprio, was released through National Geographic in early November. The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation has been committed to raising awareness for climate change and reform efforts since 1998, and this film has been one of their most well-known projects to date. The Environmental Club, however, does not plan to just stop here. Keep an eye out for activities during Green Week in May as well as other fundraisers to generate awareness. The Environmental Club’s message is simple: we as humans have brought harm to this planet, and now it is our responsibility to help restore it.
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