April Showers Bring Global Warming!


     April 22, 2021, also known as Earth Day, is a celebration of the environment and

planet. As this day approaches, so does looming global warming. The first Earth Day was in 1970, 51 years ago. Since then, environmental awareness has increased, but so has the earth’s average temperature. NASA’s Global Climate Change initiative states, “Most of the warming occurred in the past 40 years, with the seven most recent years being the warmest. The years 2016 and 2020 are tied for the warmest year on record.” Both natural and human contributions have influenced climate change over the years. What can we do about the human impact? Beyond the basic ‘reduce,’ ‘reuse,’ ‘recycle,’ there are many things we can integrate into our day-to-day lives, not only on Earth Day, but every day. There are many things we do here at Fenwick and in our individual lives to better the environment. Change is not always easy, but it is important to start somewhere. 

     With the guidance of Environmental Club leader Ms. Timmons, I have comprised a list of twenty things Fenwick Friars can do this Earth Day to support our environment:

1. Unplug electronics when not in use, especially those chargers!

2. Make a habit to use refillable water bottles and cups.

3. Wear and wash a cloth face mask instead of a disposable one.

4. Eat leftovers! Nourish yourself while being mindful of food waste.

5. Turn off lights when not in use.

6. Gardening! Spend time learning about the food we eat.

7. Ride your bike to school! Take advantage of the beautiful spring weather.

8. Hang-dry clothes instead of using an electric dryer.

9. Take a walk, whether with a pet, friend or family member.

10. Use a reusable bag while shopping.

11. Avoid fast fashion by thrifting and upcycling clothes (even MAKE your own!).

12. Take virtual lecture notes instead of paper notes.

13. Wash dishes by hand instead of using a dishwasher.

14. Join a virtual protest for the environment!

15. Eat meat-free meals.

16. Start a compost pile to recycle organic waste.

17. Recycle all plastic, aluminum and glass waste.

18. Carpool with friends to and from school.

19. Print on both sides of the paper!

20. Appreciate nature! Host a relaxing and eco-friendly picnic with friends and family


     Hopefully, this Earth Day, everyone is encouraged to make a small change in their lives. While rising sea levels, melting artics, and increasing ocean temperatures are all very daunting, change needs to happen now, and it cannot happen without us. Action is more consequential than worry. Grab your renewable tote, reusable masks, and get out there this Earth Day (and EVERY DAY)!