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.

Eco-Backyard: Composting & Planting Trees

Written by Robert Dunn One of the more important environmental actions we take in our household is to compost as much of our food waste as possible and nearly all of the leaves that fall in our yard each year. Almost seven years ago we started a compost pile in our...

Jay-Term 2020: Costa Rica Ecology

Written by Lily Bonasso In January of 2020, I had the privilege of traveling to Costa Rica with a small group of W&J students as well as Dr. March and Dr. Ternes for a Jay-term course focusing on tropical ecology. In light of the recent travel bans, I have been...

Pollinator Gardens

Written by Lekhya Kollu Pollinators are vital to sustaining our ecosystems and helping humans produce products like fruits, vegetables, fibers, nuts, and oils. One out of every three bites of food we take is thanks to the efforts of pollinators! Unfortunately, due to...

An Experiment on Hydroponic Gardening

Written by Savannah Keough Science became an interest of mine growing up because of its ever changing nature. When you are young, you are drawn to things that are interesting and new so naturally I was peaked by science experiments in my biology and chemistry classes....

Planting for Honeybees

Written by Robert Dunn This spring our oldest son, Emmett (8 years old), decided that he wanted to use a part of our backyard in East Washington to plant flowers that would attract and help honeybees.  He purchased the book Planting for Honeybees: The Grower’s Guide...

Greenify Your Coffee

Written by Lily Bonasso Have you ever glanced at your morning coffee and wondered about its origins, about the process that it has undergone from bean to cup, about the environmental implications of the industry? Maybe not, but I’d like to urge you to do so today. My...

How Exploring Nature Helped Me Find My Passion

Written by Bri Hoffman   I, like many young adults, began my college path with the mindset that I wanted to be a medical doctor. I had always loved science and I knew I wanted to help the world, so I thought medicine was the correct path for me. However, I very...

Vegan Myths: Debunked!

Written by Lena DiFulvio Being a vegan for three years now, I’ve heard my fair share of myths, rumors, and rebuttals. I usually find it best to confront these discussions with a sense of humor, but it also helps to have a few solid arguments ready in your back pocket...

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...

Ecofeminism – what it is & why you should care

My name is Marcy Saldivar and I want to shed light on ecofeminism. I am a feminist and I actively study and advocate for all marginalized communities. My sister has Down syndrome which has motivated my interest in disability studies. As I studied these topics and...

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)

The Cactus & The Eagle

Written by Gracie Gregick | It was through the immense pain in my heart that I, myself, came face to face with the Gods. Once before, they descended to our people as messengers; promising land if we left the security of our home in the North. We wandered dispossessed...

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...