With President Obama’s recent Nobel Peace Prize awarded, in part, for his efforts to slow the rate of global warming, a new surge of energy has been put into the debate over climate change. Some argue that his win is premature, but regardless of your views on the matter, it does raise several questions pertaining to the environment. Are our current efforts really going to alter the effects of global warming? What other simple but effective things can be done to help protect our planet? Well, Rider may not be winning a Nobel Peace Prize in the near future; however, hopefully Campus Sustainability Day on Wednesday, Oct. 21, can shed some light on these questions. Campus Sustainability Day is celebrated at colleges throughout the nation to promote green living and explain to students the ways in which their university is making efforts to create a sustainable campus.
On Tuesday, Oct. 20, there will be a showing of the documentary FUEL. This award-winning film delves into the issue of American dependency on oil and the efforts being made to find new ways to fuel our society. Here at Rider, on October 21, there will be events and informational sessions held throughout the day meant to inform students on Rider’s current sustainability efforts. The next day, in the SRC lobby from 11:30 to 1:30, there will be information tables with games and giveaways, including free travel mugs for all who attend while supplies last. Later on, a discussion with the award-winning makers of FUEL, Josh Tickell and Rebecca Harrell will be held from 6-8 p.m. in the BLC Theater.
So, come out and learn some new ways to “go green,” receive fun giveaways and meet the makers of FUEL. Campus Sustainability Day is just one day, but if the day is a success, Rider will be more sustainable for years to come.
Brenna Simonson is one of the eco-reps chosen to represent Rider.