By; Robert Ficca
On April 20th, 2001 the UA Recycling Office will host "Earth Day 2001" on campus. The event will take place in the center of campus on the west side of Old Main - near the large fountain on the lawn and among the trees. Many local departments, clubs and environmental groups will participate. There will be information tables, talks and demonstrations, displays and xeriscape tours, as well as a free lunchtime concert by the Tucson-based band "Turban Jones".
Earth Day affords science teachers with an outstanding opportunity to focus student's attention on the environment and to stimulate their creativity and imagination, so that they can act persuasively to help solve environmental problems. Our belief is that all schools should make this day a tradition which students and faculty eagerly anticipate. The organization of activities for such an event lends itself to an interdisciplinary approach which allows for school-wide participation in the learning process.
Our suggestion is that Earth Day evolve into a week of activities that tend to be student- action oriented. Ideally, these activities will provide them with a means to act on their convictions. Most importantly these activities can provide a progressive model which can make Earth Day activities part of the schedule all year long. It is our charge to keep fresh in the minds of our students the motto that "Earth Day is every day".