Islander Green Team celebrates Earth Day on campus

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Arianna Aloia

Olivia Robinson presenting a poster on the early life history lab.

Gabriella Ruiz, Reporter

On April 27 Islander Green Team hosted Earth Day on campus to allow students to join them in celebration. Students were able to learn about the turtle club here at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi along with Dr. Geist’s Lab, the garden and compost on campus, sea grant, and lastly the history behind Earth day.

The event was placed near the Bay Hall lawn where students were required to wear their masks and sign in while the Islander Green Team promoted their organization to get students in the know about stopping environmental issues from occurring. Students were also educated on plastic and where it may be going after they’re done with it.

Islander Green Team touched on topics about zero waste 101 workshops with do-it-yourself projects, sustainability, Islander Garden Workdays and their garden community committee.

Secretary of Islander Green Team, Dominique Cuellar, referenced herself as a zero-waste head who discussed how the organization tries to promote connection with things around them. Cuellar offered alternative DIY ideas and she gave people resources to help limit the amount of plastic they use in their everyday lives.

“Personally I would like students to gain a respect for our planet and see how much mother nature does for us,” said Cuellar, “There’s so many things that we interact with everyday that we don’t recognize where it comes from like our food. We are so disconnected. I hope they learn a little about the sea grant and certain other orgs… we promote ourselves quite a bit, all over the place. We have a lot of members coming continuously.”

Biology masters student, Olivia Robson, presented a poster on the early life history lab that demonstrated how she loved the ocean and the opportunity to educate other students about ways to help the ocean’s environment. Robson is part of a research project that studies the early life stages of larval and fish in their life cycle. “I hope they learn anything new really and come away with a lasting memory,” said Robson, “I think Earth Day is definitely important because as everyone knows climate change is an appending consequence of what we done to the environment. I try to celebrate Earth Day everyday. Even though that sounds kind of nerdy. I always love to recycle, pick up trash when you are at the beach. It’s just little things you can do everyday.”

For more events associated with the Islander Green Team, visit their I-Engage page for more information.

Dominique Cuellar discussing how students can limit the use of plastic they use in their everyday lives. (Arianna Aloia)