CRI is proud to take part in No Impact Week, April 14-20, for the third consecutive year and provide Georgia Southern students with the opportunity to get involved with this experiment and make a difference in not only themselves, but in the earth as well.
I took it upon myself to learn more about No Impact Week through the widely recognized website www.noimpactproject.org so that I could better prepare for this one-week carbon cleanse.
After going through the website and reading about the various changes we can make as individuals and as groups, I realized the importance of living a more sustainable life. It isn’t just about giving up everything we have and what provides us with more comfortable lives. It’s about finding out what conveniences we take advantage of and don’t necessarily need to have all the time. It’s about how we can enhance our quality of life. It’s about making a difference that affects something bigger than our own personal comfort – The earth and everyone else on it.
The entire experiment originated from a man named Colin Beavan, who through a blog, book and film told the world his story of how he and his family lived a year-long experiment of a zero-waste lifestyle in New York City.
University Wellness Program Director Michele Martin says that GSU is one of the top green universities in the nation and it needs to continue to be a leader of sustainable practices.
A few activities I would like to highlight that promote GSU’s sustainability practices include:
- Campus Farmer’s Market, Williams Center Plaza, Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Purchasing food that is grown locally not only reduces the carbon impact caused by transportation, but it also supports the local community.
- Guest speaker Van Jones, PAC, Wednesday at 7 p.m.
- Speaks on Green Collar Economy
- Dump the Pump, Russell Union Rotunda, Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Georgia Southern students and faculty race by bike, skateboard, bus and car over to the RAC and back!
There are numerous fun and easy ways everyone can get involved in this project. Whether it’s turning your computer off during the night, purchasing locally grown food or trading in the car for a bike, you can make a difference in yourself and in the world.
“We do it to bring awareness to the many simple changes one can make that result in a huge impact on the environment,” said Martin.
Live healthier, happier and richer!