Earth Day should focus on Earth

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Last Sunday, April 22, was Earth Day. Besides half-hearted planting done during my elementary school days, I’ve never truly done anything in celebration. However, in lieu of my original plans, I was invited to the Vineyard under promise of food. While these events are not my cup of tea, my Sunday would eventually lead me to an Occupy Earth event.

According to OccupyWallSt.org, the purpose of the event is to, “take Earth Day back to its anti-corporate roots.” To this end, in addition to all of the environmentalist literature and presentations, there was also a large amount of signage around the building that was used in the Occupy Macomb demonstrations earlier in the school year. 

However, the sheer variety of literature left me baffled. There were a large variety of topics being presented: environmental concerns, corporate greed, social justice issues and ending Super-Pacs. For a day that is supposed to promote environmentalism, I was pretty disappointed at the lack of focus. 

Personally, I feel that if we would like to promote a healthy Earth, we need to use Earth Day solely for promoting our environmental concerns. There is always more time to protest Super-Pacs and combate perceived corporate oppression.

While I took issue with the confusing amount of topics presented in their literature and signage, I found that the event itself was fairly informative, if not entertaining. There was a range of different performances throughout the event. While I really didn’t take anything from the poetry readings, I found the musical performances to be inspiring. There were a few musicians who had a lot of talent, which I certainly appreciate.

There were also quite a few lectures ranging on various topics. However, I took issue with one woman using up time to advertise the Juice Plus whole foods brand. To me, it seemed counterproductive to advertise products in an event that wishes to promote anti-corporate values.

Honestly, I question the impact of the event as a whole. Unfortunately for their goals, there was a very small crowd at the event, most of which are most likely already aware of the issues brought up. The event itself would have probably benefitted from a location closer to campus, in order to be more accessible to students. However, the event got the attendees into intelligent discussions after the event, which I suppose is impact in itself.

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