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.

Climate & Environmental Justice – Gaza, Palestine

Written by Jude Taha   When talking about the environmental crisis, it is important to acknowledge the disproportionate impact it holds. Wealthy communities, countries, and individuals frequently feel as though they are safe from the flames and swords of climate...

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...

Why We All Play a Role in Conserving Our Oceans

Written by Kathryn Campbell In fall 2019 I studied abroad in Ecuador and The Galápagos Islands. While I was there I took classes that all taught me a lot about environmental research, conservation, and management. I specifically focused myself on marine environments....

Out & About in a Pandemic

Written by April Bonifate In the first few months of the pandemic last year, our lives were changed in ways that we would have never anticipated. While others were graduating into an uncertain future or having a baby that would ultimately spend its first year of life...

GMO’s. What are they?

Written by Aleena McDaniel   GMO’s. What are they?  GMO’s are Genetically Modified Organisms. They have been created through biotechnology, which is where scientists manipulate the genetic makeup of crops and livestock in order for them to tend to our needs....

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...

How is COVID-19 Related to the Environment and Minority Communities in the United States?

Written by Rachel Karman As of April 2nd, 2021, COVID-19 has taken more than 2.83 million lives world-wide. The pandemic had a reproductive rate (Re) of 2.2-3.0, essentially meaning that if you got the virus, you would likely spread it to 2-3 other people. A...

The Addax

Written by Chibuike Ugwu Scientific Name: Addax nasomaculatus. Status: Critically Endangered. Threats: Uncontrolled hunting, drought, and the extension of pastoralism. Africa is a land that has been blessed with the most some of the most unique animals in the world....

Biophilic Cities: the important role of nature in our cities.

Written by Erin Herock I’ve always loved cities. Growing up near Pittsburgh, I remember how excited I was when my parents took me downtown. When I was old enough to drive, I took any opportunity to hangout in Frick Park with friends or walk along North Shore before...

Interconnected: People and Land at the Mexico-US Borderlands

Written by Marcy Saldivar   When Americans think of the Mexico-US border, it is likely that conflict initially comes to mind. The political climate surrounding the border is intense as half of Americans support the building of a border wall and the other half...

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)

Environmental Ceramics

Environmental Ceramics

Written by Savannah Keough  | As a child I loved being outside with my siblings, being in nature, and using art as an outlet to let my creativity run wild and that has stuck until this day. Throughout high school, I discovered that my love for art expanded when I took...

We Need Them

Written by Bri Hoffman  | What would we do without the bees? They are the reason behind flowers  And fruits on trees  It is not just the bees we desperately need  There are other creatures too that without we could not succeed  Beetles are around under leaves on the...

Plastic Bag in Blossoming Tree

Written by Sofya Maxnide  | It stands out A huge white blob amongst the red little things At the end of each tingly feeler of the strong tree Clinging to the outstretched arms of the living tree Not even a parasite can I call it for its not alive In any sense but yet...

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...