ULV Earth Day events are MIA
Posted April 27, 2007

In light of the current, for lack of better word, bad condition that our planet is in, one would think that the University of La Verne would step up and encourage students to do something about it.

After all, the University’s mission statement says: “The University affirms a philosophy of life that actively supports peace with justice, the health of the planet and its people.”

However, Earth Day was Sunday.

That’s right, it was last week, and the University totally missed it. This would have been the perfect opportunity for students at ULV to celebrate and advocate the purpose of this day.

Everyone needs to know what is going on with the Earth and why it is in the condition that it is in. Most importantly, people need to know what they can do to prevent any further harm and how to help fix the situation we’re in now.

Our University is the perfect forum for this advocacy and activism. It seems as though the important causes and problems of today’s world get mixed up and lost in the scheme of things.

It is humorous because according to the University mission statement ULV is all about being the change we want to see in the world, but in reality we do nothing about it.

We are perfect on paper yet so flawed when it comes to our actions. We talk the talk but won’t walk the walk, as the saying goes. Setting aside one day, just one day, would do so much, but we haven’t.

Why is it so hard?

We have gotten so caught up with other things that we have, oddly enough, forgotten about a big part of our lives: The place that we all live.

All around us we have examples of the community reaching out and trying to save our environment.

The La Verne United Methodist Church held a celebration for the first time to celebrate Earth Day. Cal Poly Pomona made a celebration out of the day. The event was open to everyone and was free of charge.

Participants were given a tour of the Lyle Center, took part in workshops and did other hands on activities.

Claremont McKenna College also held an event: Earth Day and Climate Action on April 7. Our neighboring city of San Dimas celebrated with “Central Basin Earth Day Event” on April 14.

It seems as though ULV is behind when it comes to these types of events. This is a “core value” in the University’s mission statement, but rather than actually doing something we sit here and watch everyone else make an effort.

ULV needs to step it up and attempt to make a difference.

It seems like the University is becoming all bark and no bite in terms of the environment, and if we continue this way we are setting ourselves up for disaster.

As students and faculty we cannot continue to wait for the University to make the first attempt to better our environment we need to make the effort now, and maybe by Earth Day 2008 the University will have taken the hint.

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