Earth Club Educates

Foothill's dedicated Earth Club members are taking their cause beyond campus borders by visiting local elementary schools to spread the word about how easy it is to help the environment.

A half dozen Earth Club members recently made presentations to Hearst Elementary School's science classes. The message is that every single person can make a huge impact in the world by taking even small steps to save the environment.

Foothill students discussed three types of pollution -- energy waste, water waste and plastic pollution. The younger students were given concrete examples, like how power plants pollute the air or how plastic waste can harm animals and create huge floating garbage islands in oceans. Students were told of simple ways they can help the environment, such as turning off the water when they brush their teeth, recycling plastic, glass and aluminum and unplugging electronic devices to preserve energy.

The Foothill students, all juniors, who took part are Ayesha Zarah Omarali, club president and event organizer; Paige Hughes, club education officer; Pratik Mehta, club treasurer; Sohan Shah; Brianne Uyeda and Mihir Naik.

The Earth Club members educated 154 students at Hearst and plan to take their information session to Lydiksen.

Earth Club members volunteer throughout the Bay Area to help the environment, educate youth and take nature hikes. They work closely with Eric Nicholas, the city's naturalist. During spring break, club members volunteered and acted as camp counselors for elementary school students in a city nature program.

Easy Tips for Saving the Environment
  • Turn off computers at night
  • Use one fewer paper napkin
  • Use both sides of paper
  • Recycle newspapers
  • Use reusable water bottles
  • Brush teeth without running water
  • Turn off shower when shampooing
  • Take shorter showers
  • Turn off lights when you leave a room
  • Use rechargeable batteries

Posted Wednesday, April 25, 2012