participants of the Environmental Awareness Club’s February beach cleanup (Eric Gorman)
The Environmental Awareness Club is a student-run organization which seeks to promote an Earthly conscience not just at Saddleback College, but in the surrounding communities as well.
Member participation ranges from anything from just attending scheduled club meetings (Mondays 10:30 – 11:30 in the Advanced Technology and Applied Science building [TAS] 225), to volunteering in more extensive events outside of campus.
One such recent event consisted of a beach cleanup day at Doheny Beach in Dana Point. The Club hosted this cleanup on Feb. 23, during which a total of approximately 30 volunteers gave their time to pick up trash along the coastline.
The club’s next big event is Earth Week, beginning April 22.
In the words of club president Drew Yearwood, “We aren’t activists, we don’t want to shove environmentalism down anyone’s throats. We just want to educate!”
Being a member of the Environmental Awareness Club doesn’t necessarily mean committing to a radical social cause or a concrete agenda; moreover, involvement with this club just gives students the opportunity to learn more about something that impacts our quality of life each and every day: earth’s environment.
According to its mission statement, this club aims to, “Expose the beauty of nature to anyone and everyone,” and “To support humans living peacefully with the planet.”