Earth Day has been a yearly event since its debut on April 22, 1970 and is still celebrated to this day in over 192 countries worldwide. The aim is to raise awareness not only about prominent issues threatening our planet, such as climate change, pollution, deforestation, etc., but to also acknowledge the beauty and life that is offered in our natural world.
Earth Day is meant to inspire truth, gratitude and respect for any and all living things, with the ultimate goal of creating a more balanced, natural and flourishing planet.
Portland State has always been a prominent participant in Earth Day, and this year is no different. The university has tons of little events that everyone is welcome to participate in, whether you are a PSU student or not.
After all, Earth Day’s main goal is to educate the public about what is happening on this planet and what we can do about it.
There will be a craft market, free food, clothing swap and over 60 booths with tons of Earth Day information and activities. In addition, Paul Paresa and the People, a student-run band, will be playing upbeat jazz tunes, making sure to keep everyone on their feet and moving.
The wonderfully diverse student craft market is organized by the Student Sustainability Leadership Council. Student vendors will be selling their artwork, jewelry and other handmade products they have made.
There will also be a clothing exchange done by the ReUse Room and the PSU Waste Reduction Task Force. There are donation bins located in University Pointe, Stephen Epler Hall and Ondine Residence Hall if you want to donate clothing ahead of time, or you can donate on Earth Day in the Park Blocks.
Additionally, you’ll be able to exchange clothing at any of the locations on Earth Day, or you can take clothing for free, whether you donate or not. The idea is to reuse and recycle.
You must be wondering about the free food, huh? All you have to do is visit booths at the event, learn about their initiatives, and they will give you tickets in exchange for your interest in who they are and what they do.
There will be over 60 organizations, clubs, businesses and nonprofits attending the event, so there will be plenty to learn from.
Four tickets will be enough for a slice of Hot Lips pizza or a sandwich from Green Roots Café. The Con Oven off of Smith Memorial Student Union will be in use, and a professional will be making piping hot and fresh pizzas throughout the event. There will also be a Moberi bike blender available, where you can bike and make your own smoothie for one ticket.
The event is going to be held on April 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the PSU Park Blocks.
Come join this community festival featuring student groups, crafters, artists, activists and educators from all different walks of life. Have a slice or sandwich on the house and enjoy learning about Earth Day!