• By Lauren Reeves

Biology Club celebrates Earth Day

As Earth Day approaches on April 22, many people take time to show their appreciation for the planet they live on. The holiday started in 1970 by John McConnell as a way to honor Earth, and has since become a time when people appreciate where they live.

“We depend upon our environment for every material thing and even some immaterial things, but we have not stewarded our natural world wisely,” Spencer Furniss, Biology Club president, said. “We need to wake up, see how we are treating it, and change our ways for the better.”

Furniss thinks this is a time for self-examination and taking meaningful action that will improve the world.

“As with other holidays, we should be living out the meaning throughout the year, but we can set aside a day to publicly commemorate and remind ourselves of what we value or should value,” Furniss said. “Respect nature, realize our dependence upon it, and do whatever we can to minimize our waste of it, and maximize the benefits it provides. This could mean reducing one’s waste output by using reusable water bottles and shopping bags, using biodegradable products, composting, or rethinking how we manage our yards.”

As president of the Biology Club, Furniss has led the organization to host many events over the years and is working on a way to celebrate Earth Day through coronavirus precautions.

“We support the MSU Sustainability Committee with whatever project they have planned. Last year, we planted a tree on campus and I believe we will plant another this year,” Furniss said.

Along with Earth Day celebrations, Furniss stated that the club hosts many other community-related events throughout the year.

“In the past, we have participated in Halloween at the Dome with an educational booth full of skeletons, fluorescent bacteria, and other spooky and fun displays; and Science Open House, at which we had several rooms full of fun and educational displays and activities for kids,” Furniss said. “Hopefully we will be able to fully return to these great events next year and make other events regular as well. We also volunteer with the Magic City Discovery Center’s events, such as Bug Camp.”

Furniss also added that the club tries to be involved and part of the local community as much as possible.

“We help each other and our community,” Furniss said. “We support sustainability efforts, biology related education and outreach, share and engage in volunteer and job opportunities, support each other academically and professionally, and have fun together hiking, skiing, and in other ways. We welcome all MSU students and are open to their ideas.”

To join the club, email clubbiology@minotstateu.edu or contact the faculty advisor, Heidi Super, at heidi.super@minotstateu.edu. They have a small membership fee and students can join group chats, meetings, and activities without being an official member.

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