Earth Day Fair

Earth Day was established in 1970 when the public became increasingly concerned about the current state of the environment. 

The Earth Day Fair has been a tradition at W&J since 2019.

In April 2020 and April 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the fair was brought online for a week. It focused on educating the W&J community about sustainability topics, student and faculty environmental work, and encouraged participation in celebrating Earth Day.

Student & Faculty Blogs

Students and faculty have contributed over 50+ blogs dedicated to celebrating Earth Day. Topics range from conservation to environmental justice issues, and they touch upon personal experiences or passion for a subject.

Does Sustainable Fashion Exist?

Written by Erin Herock So what is “sustainable fashion”? Sustainable fashion focuses on ethical, low-carbon production all the way up to the distribution of it. It is also referred to as “slow fashion”. Essentially the supply chain is as clean, efficient, and...

Being Vegan

Written by Lena DiFulvio I want to start by saying that my journey towards veganism has certainly not been a fast one, nor has it been easy. Let's face it; changing your diet and completely eliminating foods that you've enjoyed your whole life is hard. Having to bring...

Guide to Happy Houseplants

Written by Katelyn Walzer It is easy to enjoy the beauty of nature when you are walking through the woods or watching the sunset on the beach. However, when you are stuck inside (in times like today) it can be troublesome to have that same view. A solution?...

The Imaginary Man behind the Curtain: Why Trying to Find an “Authentic Experience” as a Tourist Will Likely Leave You Disappointed

Written by Nickolas Bartel Imagine you are walking around campus and a prospective student touring were to ask you for a list of things to do to have an authentic W&J experience in a day. It would be quite challenging to do to boil the entire student experience...

The Killing of Africa’s Wildlife

Written by Claude Irankunda Challenges More animals like elephants, rhinos, lions, cheetahs are dying from poaching than from natural causes because their body parts are being traded illegally trophies and traditional medicine. This is a very serious issue because...

The Role of Nature & Mental Health

Written by Cathy Petchel There is a strong body of research confirming that direct contact with nature or even viewing scenes of nature, increases mental health and psychological and spiritual development. One of the most intriguing areas of current research is the...

Donate Your Athletic Gear

Written by Nick Krugh   It is important that we, as humans, know what we can do to help our planet and it is important to use Earth Day to educate ourselves on ways that we can do this. I’m writing to inform young athletes how important it is to donate used...

Is the “Zero Waste Aesthetic” Killing the Planet?

Written By Caitlyn Brenner One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.  We’ve all heard it, but too many of us forget to implement this idea into our every day lives.  Whether you are new to the idea of “zero waste” living or have been interested in sustainability for...

Wildlife Conservation: Zoos and Sanctuaries

Written by Julia Plasynski   Recently, there has been a mass amount of hype surrounding the new Netflix series, Tiger King. This has led to opinions circulating social media sites about how ANY type of zoo, sanctuary, or enclosure with animals is unethical and...

Hiking to Find Myself

Written by Julia Schaffer Happy Earth Day!! I believe that helping and appreciating the earth that we have been blessed to live on is a way to pay it back for all the beautiful wonders it does for us and all the lessons it teaches us. I have been passionate about...

Student Creative Pieces

Students wrote poems, short stories, and created art centered around celebrating the earth.

Title: “Tenacity”

Artist: Lena DiFulvio

Medium: Pencil on paper

“Tenacity,” at first glance, seems simply to be a human hand holding a tree, its roots spread about, reaching for the unseen earth below. A butterfly perches on the hand, its size taking hold of our gaze. Is this a work depicting beautiful human interaction with the Earth, providing fertile ground for its life to flourish upon, or is the tree in the image is being mercilessly uprooted, a symbol of human destruction and carelessness? Just as we must decide how we treat our planet, it is up to us to assign meaning to this piece. (April 2021)

Thoughts & Prayers

Written by Nickolas Bartel | The world  yells  in  another  uproar    Another  environmental  tragedy  has occurred  once more.   As it has  swallowed  one more  toxic pill,    we learn of  yet  another  oil spill.   While  the people ask for aid to repair the lives...

Lion Reserve in Kaolack, Senegal

Lion Reserve in Kaolack, Senegal

Photo by Marcy Saldivar Written by Marcy Saldivar | 2 feet in front of me— No cage or glass between— Stood Abeke, an epic lion. And there I stood,  Paralyzed. Her coarse fur was stained matte gold.  And I saw deep amber eyes undisturbed by my presence. She looked...

Mother Nature

Written by Hannah Robart To know what Mother Nature knows To see the beauty that she holds.  Everything we have We owe to her.  So why do we choose not to love A mother that has given us so much? One day, I think we’ll see That our mother will not take this disrespect...

La Selva

Written by Marcy Saldivar |   A summer-morning cicada choir sings, The green iguanas jump between treetops,  A scarlet macaw opens rainbow wings, Dim light contrasts the glowing eyes of crocs. At dawn, a herd of peccaries run home,  Capuchins play a game of tag...

What’s the word?

Written by Chibuike Ugwu | Johnny is a special boy, He can talk to animals, which brings him joy, Johnny went to south china to see Mr. Tiger,  But he was sad to see his Ambush was getting lighter. Johnny decided to go to Kenya to greet Mrs. Rhino, But he noticed the...

Ode to the Mojave

Written by Ostin Woodfin | Wind burns the edges of the ear, in return for its words. The secrets of the desert are held in the words of the wind, the screams, the tears, the laughter, the silence. The Mojave is a home to many, including myself, the blood in my veins...