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Vanessa Martinez
Staff Writer

The Students Engaging in Environmental Discussion and Service, or SEEDS, club and the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life collaborated to present the “One Earth, One Chance: Over-Consumption and the Planet,” Wednesday in the Campus Center.

David Radcliff, director of New Community Project, a small nonprofit organization, gave a presentation about the effects of human over-consumption of resources, and what steps people should take to help our planet.

“We have lost all connections to the world,” Radcliff said.

Radcliff pointed out that every living thing on this planet consumes.

He asked the audience, “What sets humans apart as a consumer species?”

He also asked the audience “Why is the human consumption pattern different then any other creature?”

Humans are consuming everything, Radcliff said.

He also said it is necessary to know how to balance consumption and that humans are the creators of waste.

Waste causes the Earth problems over time and more should be done to utilize reusable products, Radcliff said.

“People throw away tons of stuff that aren’t necessary,” Radcliff said.

He explained that convenience is a big problem for humans and plays a major part in how people live their lives.

Radcliff’s main goal is to help people become knowledgeable about being aware and responsible with the Earth.

He wants to make a difference in this generation even if he only reaches a small group of friends or student volunteers.

Radcliff inspired a lot of students, including junior psychology major Gabriella Herrera.

Herrera said she spent time in Vermont, where she experienced a different style of living that made her spiritually connected to the environment.

“I always knew I cared about the environment,” Herrera said.

She added that spending the summer in Vermont, where she felt in the midst of it changed her life.

Overall the audience at the “One Earth” talk seemed inspired by it.

“His presentation felt super engaged and very educational,” Sabrina Delgadillo, junior biology major and president of the SEEDS club, said.

Tina Tapia, 42, from Rancho Cucamonga, who is a ULV parent ,said she was there to learn how to help.

“I want to work hands-on and help the less fortunate people,” Tapia said. “I’m happy I came.”

If you are interested in joining SEEDS or attending a meeting contact Delgadillo at sabrina.delgadillo@laverne.edu.

Vanessa Martinez can be reached at vanessa.martinez4@laverne.edu.

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