Earth Day Events Highlight Environmental Conservation

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Student presentations included environmental issues affecting food,transportation, energy usage and more.

Over 100 Florida students participated in Earth Day events designed to raise awareness relating to a variety of environmental issues.

Under the direction of Associate Professor Kevin Petrovsky, the group prepared displays, takeaways and presentations on environmental issues relating to food, transportation, energy use, e-waste disposal, endangered species, water conservation, environmental activism, and recycling.

After exploring the student displays at the Earth Day fair, seniors in the Climate Change class presented business models they created for sustainable businesses. Audience members had a chance to ask questions and then rate the business plans based on practicality and innovation. Finally, an Earth Day Jeopardy game was played based on information presented in the Earth Day displays.

Students focused on providing action-oriented activities that individuals could incorporate into their daily lives to help reduce the negative impacts on the environment. "It is amazing how just a small change in everyday behavior can add up to significant reductions in environmental harm. Adding compact fluorescent or LED lighting, shortening showers by just a minute or two, adding one organic product to your shopping list and many other small changes add up to significant economic savings and environmental benefits. I try to instill these ideas of sustainability within all of my environmental classes so that as students graduate and begin their families and professions, they can carry forward these ideas in a practical way," said Petrovsky.

Providing a sound foundation for decisions regarding environĀ¬mental issues, Northwood University's Environmental Science (NSC 2100) class presents concepts central to the biological and physical sciences to provide a background for understanding the environment. The basic environmental issues of human population growth, biodiversity, natural resources and energy use, and their role in the well-being of the environment are highlighted. Ethical, social, economic, and political inter-relationships are also discussed.

The university's Climate Change class (NSC 3100) examines the current scientific knowledge of climate change and its implications for society as a whole. Specific topics Include energy balance, components of climate, measuring climate, and modeling climate. The consequences of climate change from biological, social, and economic perspectives are also examined, as well as political, corporate, and indiĀ¬vidual responses to the issue.

Celebrated on April 22, Earth Day is now 43 years old. Events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection and are coordinated globally and celebrated in more than 192 countries.