Posts Tagged ‘activism’

Schools Create Earth Day projects; spreading the word about recycling

April 22, 2008

With today being Earth Day, it is encouraging to remember that we have a day to appreciate doing work for the environment and to remember to treat the land we live on with respect. It’s also good to know that many different schools in Maryland’s education system are working to help promote recycling, and teaching future generations the benefits that can come from it. In Hagerstown, Maryland, at Williamsport Elementary, children today learned about the new programs for recycling, with the school recycling one ton of paper since the beginning of the school year. Also, in celebration of Earth Day 2008, the school and students planted pine trees around the school, which can teach the students the value of nature and the benefits the Earth can gain from it.

Other middle schools in the area have also set up programs for recycling paper and bottles/cans from students’ lunches, which not only makes an impact on the environment now, but also teaches student about recycling and the benefits that come from it. So far, all of the programs set up in the area for schools have been successful, and more importantly are teaching children the value of recycling. Hopefully, with time, we can make recycling successes like the programs installed in each of these schools more wide-spread, and start having the impact of recycling felt statewide.

The original story can be found here


Earth Day Events in Washington D.C., 2008

April 19, 2008

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For all those interested, there was an article written in The Washington Post that sheds light on many events occurring in honor of Earth Day in the heart of the D.C. area. Many of the events are free, and include projects such as cleaning up Rock Creek, going on a nature walk, and exhibits targeting recycling in Maryland, such as the “Trash People” exhibit which showcases 50 life-sized statues made out of our trash. There are also fun contests, such as a ‘recycling race’ to separate trash from plastic. This can be a great way to learn more about the environment, more about recycling in Maryland, and a great way to make an effort to make our area cleaner and more aware about our environment. These events provide a great opportunity for the environmentally concerned to become involved locally, and will hopefully also provide insight and information to even those people not as concerned about recycling in our communities and our local environment.

Earth Day Events in Washington, D.C.

Johns Hopkins’ Pig Controversy

March 30, 2008

Johns Hopkins University has come under criticism for performing operations on live pigs for instructive purposes, according to The Sun. JHU is one of only 10 medical schools left in America that uses live animals to teach medical students. Hopkins Surgery Director Dr. Julie Freischlag told The Sun why the school uses animals:

“Simulators have no feedback as to texture and touch … That’s where it’s so important to use animals, to feel all the right tensions and strengths.”


The organization that has drawn news coverage for protesting is called the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). Members of the PCRM held signs and have been undertaking a letter writing campaign to end the use of live animals at Hopkins. Several other medical schools have given up the use of live animal use for surgery but they deny it has anything to do with the organization. (more…)