Day comes early
Two organizations will host an event Wednesday to promote environmental
By Selina Roman
Although Earth Day is not officially until Sunday, the Life Sciences
Club along with Student Government will celebrate it Wednesday
in hopes to educate students about the importance of awareness
and conservation. More than 20 area organizations are expected
to be on the business building's lawn from 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
promoting earth-friendly activities such as water and wildlife
conservation and recycling.
Greyhound Rescue, an organization that finds homes for racing
greyhounds instead of allowing them to be euthanized, will have
about four dogs that students can adopt. Organizations such as
the Florida Aquarium and the Survival Outreach Sanctuary will
bring snakes and cougars, respectively, to educate students that
the animals need protection from development.
Judy Watson, founder for the Survival Outreach Sanctuary in Spring
Hill, travels the nation with her cougar, Jayla, as a way to make
the issue of
and protection personal. "I want to make people understand
the close relationship between people and animals," she said.
"They are a red-light indicator of things that happen in our
environment. If it's happening to them, it's happening to us."
Besides educating, Watson also has a 10 acre sanctuary for exotic
animals. Many were pets that the owners couldn't handle. Some of
Watson's menagerie includes a lemur, nutria and potbelly pig. This
weekend Watson expects a shipment of two tigers whose owners kept
them cramped in a horse trailer.
Besides presentations, the Florida Aquarium and Survival Outreach
Sanctuary will offer volunteer opportunities to students. Troy Valentine,
vice president for the Life Sciences Club, said the club is trying
to give back to the environment through education. "It seems
not too many people are doing things for the environment."
he said. "If you look at it, the world's population of animals
and plants are being decimated. You need to at least do your park."
Live music and free veggie pizza from Papa John's will also be available.