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Taylor Bolanos
LV Life Editor

Environmental conservation came down to earth during the Earth Day Festival and shined light on global warming, recycling and more.

A number of clubs and organizations displayed booths with creative ways to protect the environment Wednesday in Sneaky Park.

Under the warm sun, students and faculty covered the lawn and explored the booths.

Each interactive booth gave students and faculty the opportunity to learn more about different aspects of sustainability and ways to conserve resources as well as free environmentally-inspired gifts such as reusable tote bags, and candy. Students ate an outdoor lunch, raffled for potted flowers and planted succulents in miniature, decorated clay pots.

Campus Activities Board, Associated Students of La Verne, the Synthetic Biology Club, several sororities, the ULV Acappella Barbershop Club, Leo FM and more hosted booths to teach sustainability, conservation and environmental-friendly tips.

The Shades of Essence club focused on empowerment of women, centered its booth on their charity work for the community as well as ways to “Heal the Earth” and “Save the Forest.”

Students attached band-aids to a poster board of the Earth, the main feature of the booth.

“We’re having everyone come up with one way to help heal the Earth for as long as they can,” president of the club and senior criminology major Ebony Fredieu said. “Our main goal for today is to make sure that everyone sticks to their goal.”

Shades of Essence plans to continue their environmental work and will participating in Claremont’s Earth Day Celebration Saturday, by cleaning up Claremont Village and gardening.

Japan Daisuki, a club that celebrates Japanese traditions, focused their booth on recycling. Everything at their tent, from the poster displays to the miniature flower pots, was recycled from newspaper, previous events and water bottles.

“Even little things make a big difference,” sophomore anthropology major Krista Perrin said.

Members of the Integrated Business Practicum took the opportunity share the mission of Shades for Hope: to raise cancer awareness with sustainable sunglasses. Shades for Hope offers a student discount on all purchases.

“One hundred percent of our profit goes to City of Hope which goes to all types of cancer,” junior business administration major Thomas Richetts said. “Bamboo grows fairly wildly and grows back really fast. It’s very durable and lightweight.”

The International Student Organization created a booth inspired by global warming and focused on the shrinking ice and the endangered polar bears as well as how to limit carbon emissions.

ISO described how humans are influencing global warming with the use of cars and by consuming beef, which releases chemicals when slaughtered. Polar bears, with a decreased food source and melting ice, fight for resources.

“We want people to be aware that polar bears are turning on each other,” president of ISO and senior business administration major Janice Yeh said.

CAB hosted the graffiti walls, raffles for potted flowers and a table to decorate clay pots and plant succulents. Students decorated the walls with environmentally-conscious phrases and pictures.

“This is such a good turn out, and I love that al, the clubs got their name out there,” CAB chair and junior kinesiology major Emily DeStefano said. “Everyone used different props, like our table cloths are newspapers.”

DeStefano said she and her roommate save their plastic bottles and recycle them in San Dimas. They split the money they earn from the bottles.

“I do recycle and actually take it very seriously.”

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