|May 4, 2000
Volume 30 Number 19
|A publication for the faculty, staff, administrators, and friends of California State University, Chico|
Honor Earth Festival
When it began to drizzle, the humans sought the comforting shelter of the pines on the Kendall Hall lawn. When the sun came back out, so did the humans. The third annual Honor Earth Festival on April 19 filled the lawn with bands, booths, children, and dogs.
Sponsored by the Environmental Affairs Council (EAC) and AS Presents, the Honor Earth Festival combined educational efforts with a series of bands and vegetarian food. Vendors mixed with educational booths on animal rights, hunger, creek restoration, and environmental advocacy.
For the student organizers of the events, Caitlin Allion, EAC commissioner, and Rob Katz, a student who helped coordinate the bands, environmentalism is more than an afternoon's festivities. Katz said his "awareness that a lot of people are going through their daily activities of life without thinking about what effects they have on the environment" led to his commitment to the environment. It also changed his educational focus from business administration to planning, law, and biology.
Environmental Advocates member Sean Cecil and other students staffed a table with legal information. Integrated pest management for school grounds is one of the issues the group is working on. Cecil said, "Last year we focused on the legislature. This year we're focused more on Gray Davis."
While the sun played hide and seek with the clouds, dogs pulled at their leashes as they searched for tidbits, children danced, people learned, and students like Katz, Allion, and Cecil renewed their efforts to involve others in a commitment to a healthy environment. -- BA
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