Celebrating Earth Day

Posted on Thursday, April 18th, 2019

Earth Day, April 22, is an annual worldwide event to celebrate our planet and support environmental protection. Our graduate students work hard each day to push boundaries and conduct important research to address critical environmental issues in a sustainable way.

Below is what they had to say about Earth Day. 

Alexandra Stinson

2nd year, M.Sc. in Environmental Sciences
School of Environmental Sciences

Alex in a garden.

How are you celebrating Earth Day?

"This year, I'm looking forward to getting outside on Earth Day, going for a hike at a local conservation area, and appreciating nature with family and friends. I've also been inspired lately to seriously look at my own plastic use and make some changes in my life that can limit the amount of plastics I use - and throw away - on a daily basis, and what better time to make this change than Earth Day! I encourage everyone to do something positive for the Earth this April 22nd!" Alexandra Stinson

Cameron Curran

2nd year, M.Sc. in Rural Planning and Development
School of Environmental Design and Rural Development

Head shot of Cameron in the woods.

What does Earth Day mean to you?

“To me, Earth Day symbolizes a desirable and achievable global human behaviour that helps to protect the health of our planet into the future. By participating in Earth Day, you are making those around you aware about the importance of conservation for shaping sustainable communities. To celebrate this year, I’ll be spending time at the lake hiking with my family and sharing nature photos online to promote conservation.” -Cameron Curran

Hayley Tompkins

2nd year, M.Sc. in Environmental Sciences
School of Environmental Sciences

Hayley holds a bee.

Why is Earth Day important?

"Earth day is important because it encourages all of us to support our planet by volunteering, using less plastic, or by planting flowers for pollinators. It also serves as a reminder of how important it is to take care of our planet for future generations. Fun fact: my birthday is on earth day, so every year I try to find ways to give back to the planet. This year, I challenge you to find a way to make a difference - big or small! " -Hayley Tompkins

Serge Lévesque

2nd year, M.Sc. in Environmental Sciences
School of Environmental Sciences

Serge in a lab.

What does Earth Day mean to you?

"What earth day means to me is a time to reflect and act on improving our environment.  If we think of an idea, act on it and improve an ecosystem that's nearby, it can have repercussions that benefit other neighboring environments." -Serge Lévesque

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