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Earth Day 2018

1STEP (Students Together for Environmental Progress) and several other Ramapo clubs came together for the “Jamapo Green BBQ” in celebration of Earth Day on April 22, 2018. The event included catered food from local vegan restaurants, an interactive performance by the Brazilian Percussion group, yoga sessions, a clothing swap, a t-shirt design event, and of course music. The turn out for the event was great and the weather couldn’t have been better.

The highlight of the day came with the unveiling of “Trashzilla,” a sculpture in the form of Godzilla, designed entirely out of trash collected from campus cleanups of the parking lot and other areas on campus. The idea for the project came from 1STEP co-president, Afnán Khairullah, and was assembled by volunteers from 1STEP and the Visual Arts Society over a series of weeks leading up to Earth Day. Trashzilla is currently on display in the grove area on campus and will be there until April 27th. Trashzilla serves as a reminder of the waste problem that permeates our campus. Too often we see improperly disposed of trash, especially materials that could be recycled. Hopefully this art installation will inspire members of the community to be more mindful of their waste disposal habits. Earth Day comes once a year, but shouldn’t we consider our relationship and impact on the Earth every day?

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FILM SCREENING: PLASTIC PLANET

We are students in Professor Pat Keaton’s Global Communication Capstone Course.  For our project, we chose to create a campaign based on promoting sustainability and minimizing waste on Ramapo’s campus. Working closely with Ramapo Green and two of its participating organizations; 1-STEP and the Garden Club, we hope to raise awareness and educate the Ramapo community on proper recycling, composting and waste-reduction habits. Our campaign will work to not only promote our events but assist the organizations on campus that have been working tirelessly on related projects.

For our first event, we will be screening Plastic Planet on Wednesday, February 21st from 1-3pm in Friend’s Hall (SC-219). This documentary directed by Werner Boote provides an ​inside look at plastic and its effects not only on the planet but our health.

Along with the screening, we will have a panel discussion with members of the on-campus organization 1-STEP, who will present their Rethink Water Campaign, and Matthew Smith, the Senior Organizer for Food & Water Watch, who will present their National Take Back the Tap Campaign.
Come take part in this critical discussion.

Thank you,

Chris Bernstein, Paul Iannelli, Kristie Murru, Matt Stevens

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