CCE hosted its Earth Day Festival 2017 during common hour on April 19th to celebrate our planet and help advocate for its protection. Both the Hofstra and local communities participated by coming out to perform, sing, recite poetry, sign petitions, even meditate and perform magic tricks! We were very happy to welcome student clubs including Amnesty International, Peace Action Matters, the Hofstra Rock Climbing Club, the Campus Feminist Collective, the Sustainability Club, and others. Community organizations also joined together at Hofstra, including Food and Water Watch, the Uniondale Community Land Trust, Herstory Writers Workshop, and Nostrand Gardens.
The attendees at the festival represented activism beyond just concern for the environment. Students and community partners came together to raise awareness of the need to advocate for animal rights, peace in global affairs, Uniondale beautification, and more. Performances throughout the day included poetry, singing, and a meditation led by the Hofstra Buddhism Club.
All of the Earth Week events led up to the March for Science in New York City on Saturday, April 23rd taking place all over the country in support of “robustly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity,” as stated on the official website. This effort aligns with efforts by climate scientists and concerned citizens to acknowledge and act upon climate change. Hofstra students, faculty, and others traveled to the New York March.