While Earth Day was officially celebrated yesterday, the message that this day carries can be spread to every day of the year. Many sources have a conflicting view to when Earth day was exactly started; however, the true meaning of Earth day can be seen at every park, zoo, conservatory, or forest preserve that desires to show the beauty in nature, especially to the youth of our world.

Earth day celebrates the simple things. The fresh crispness of a blade of grass, the indescribable scent of fresh air on a summer morning, or the soft fluffy petal of a daisy can all be equated to another one of nature’s mysteries.

Some people claim planet Earth is a small place; others say it is gigantic, others limit Earth to a color spectrum, but I simply say Earth is a mystery.  A place that God did not intend to ever be full described in human terms. The tallest mountains to the depths of the oceans have an identity with true anonymity.

The Jesuit value, Sense of Giftedness of Creation or Finding God in All Things, screams the message of Earth day. The opportunity to find God in all of creation allows for respect and protection, yet it also offers the opportunity for abuse.

This mystery that we call Earth continues to be mistreated by the inhabitants.

Although environmental issues do not have an easy solution, Loyola offers programs that contribute to sustaining Earth’s beauty. On Loyola’s campus, “A single stream recycling dumpster from Allied Waste is now on the main campus.  It is located on West Road near the Danna Center Loading Dock and Biever Hall.” This recycling project allows for students to dispose of magazines, paper bags, aluminum cans, cereal boxes, and other items instead of throwing these items away. However, some items cannot be disposed of in the recycling project including batteries, plastic bags, and paper contaminated by food.

Also, Loyola offers other sustainable tips. These can be viewed at http://www.loyno.edu/recycling/things-to-do.html

Loyola is a place to live and learn, and renovations are apparent throughout campus. Together, we can make Loyola a better place for everyone in our community.

How do you contribute to planet Earth?  Do you have any specific suggestions that can be carried out at Loyola?

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