Elon students celebrate Earth Day in a week long event called ‘Earth Week’

April 17, 2009 at 3:57 pm 1 comment

By Patrick McCabe

Written April 17, 2009

Earth Day is celebrated annually on April 22 as a day to inspire awareness and appreciation for Earth’s environment.earth day Elon students are doing their part to help conserve the Earth.

Earth Day was founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970, Earth Day is celebrated annually in the United States and many other countries every year.

At Elon students celebrate Earth Day by hosting “Earth Week,” a week of events to celebrate the environment and raise awareness on environmental sustainability.

Environmental conservation has become a big issue at Elon and many students and faculty are taking the initiative to raise awareness through educational efforts.

Over one hundred Elon students were polled on how environmentally aware they were and what steps they are taking to conserve the environment.

90 percent of students polled claim that they are environmentally aware in one aspect or another. 

 64 percent of students polled believe that Elon’s educational efforts have made a considerable difference in their environmental awareness.

“El0n does a lot to educate students,” junior Maria Wyka said. “I was actually able to take part in the sustainability board and I have noticed a lot of changes on campus.”

What Students Are DoingStudents are taking various steps to reduce their carbon footprint through water conservation, recycling, reducing their carbon footprint and walking or using less gasoline. 

“I try to do the little things like turning off the lights when I leave the room or simply using less water,” junior James Wesley Lynch said. “We only have one planet and we have to preserve it for future generations.”

See James Wesely Lynch talk about why he thinks conserving the planet is important:


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  • 1. Janna  |  April 19, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    The presentation of this article looks attractive on the surface, but there are several ways it could have been better. Consider these things when you are putting finishing touches on your work portfolio:

    The headline is a “throw-away” – it does not offer a reader a reason to read – doesn’t offer specific info about why this environment story has new details to learn. The lead is not “timely” – you start with the history of Earth Day, so technically, this lead could have been used annually for nearly 40 years. Readers like to see the fresh details in the headline and the lead. Always deliver value – always deliver fresh details.

    You don’t offer very many community voices through direct quotes in the story – it’s shallow. You spelled Elon as “El0n” and you will want to fix that.

    The graphic does not list the numerical percentages, and most readers are not going to be able to discern what the numbers are. Give your audience the numbers and not just colored slices.

    It is interesting to see you being reflected in James Wesley’s glasses, but you are not communicating well with your audience when they aren’t allowed to see your subjects’ eyes. In fact, hats also interfere with a communication but a subject with a hat and glasses is nearly anonymous and does not share his humanness and individuality. When shooting interviews, request that people take off sunglasses and – if possible – hats. You will get a stronger visual that way.


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