By Anamika Dutta, Features Editor
The College of the Holy Cross’ annual “Purple Goes Green” week took place this past week, from April 18th-April 23rd. Purple Goes Green occurs during the week leading up to Earth Day, as Holy Cross students participate in a number of events to learn more about environmental issues. This year, Abi Ray ‘17, Director of Environmental Concerns in Holy Cross’ Student Government Association, led the initiative of planning the week. Her efforts were aided by Emma Powell ‘20, Meaghan Murray ‘20, and Elizabeth Douglass ‘19. By partnering with Holy Cross Fossil Free, Eco-Action, and environmental liaisons, these four students ensured the week’s success. They planned informative lobby tables in Hogan Campus Center, educational film screenings, activities, and transportation to and from the March for Science in Boston on April 22nd.
To kick off the week, students could stop by Hogan lobby tables on Tuesday to learn about composting and recycling at Holy Cross. Recycling bins are located all around campus. There are both plastic and paper recycling bins, and it is important we take care to place our recyclables in the proper bin. Additionally, Holy Cross Fossil Free took the opportunity to educate students on fossil fuel divestment, an attempt at reducing climate change through the removal of investment assets from companies involved in extracting fossil fuels. The purpose of the lobby tables was to increase awareness of issues plaguing our environment, both locally and globally, so that students can apply the knowledge in their daily lives and help save the planet.
Lobby tables on Wednesday and Thursday centered around clothing and the importance of beekeeping. Students learned about how the fashion industry is environmentally damaging due to how our clothes are produced. Clothing factories still have unsafe working conditions for their workers and the fashion industry leaves an enormous carbon footprint on the planet. From pesticides and toxic dyes to thousands of gallons of water, the process of fast fashion is polluting the world. The screening of The True Cost, a documentary highlighting the stories of people who make our clothes, as well as the impact the industry is having on our environment, contributed to raising awareness of the flawed fashion industry. Purple Goes Green week is also highlighting the importance of beekeeping, as bees are pollinators, and pollinators are essential for crops to be able to thrive. 84% of crops grown for human consumption rely on bees to pollinate them and increase their yield; without bees, we lose out on an enormous amount of food. Beekeeping helps add healthy bees back into the population and maintains our supply of healthy crops.
Thanks to free shuttles organized by Ray, Holy Cross students traveled to Boston Common on Earth Day to participate in the March for Science. In the face of discreditation of scientific consensus, as well as the restriction of scientific discovery, we must speak out and encourage scientific research that will help save our planet and its citizens. Scientists work to build a better understanding of our world; they serve the interests of all humans. By marching on Saturday, Holy Cross students made their voices heard by advocating for scientific progress and the preservation of our planet.
Purple Goes Green week finished off on Sunday with Eco-Action’s Farmer’s Market on the Kimball Quad. Students were able to support local vendors selling granola, honey, jam, and juice. The alpaca farm also confirmed their attendance! We hope all students enjoyed natural food from our neighbors in Worcester.
Now that Purple Goes Green week has come to a close, remember to keep in mind all the different ways we can help our environment. We only have one planet, so we must take care of it.
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