Starting its third year as an organization here at Jacksonville State University, the Earth Club is one of the lesser known groups on campus and is looking to make a big difference this year. Over the past two years, the club has been involved in the Arbor Day celebration along with the Boy Scouts and has helped deem JSU an official tree campus by the Arbor Day Foundation. The group also held their first annual Earth Day Celebration this past spring, which included a fundraiser for building wells in Niger.
The club's first meeting of the 2012-2013 school year was held this past Friday, Sept. 14th, with an enthusiastic turnout.
At this meeting, goals and projects for the year were discussed; the Earth Club will be continuing with many of the projects they took up last year, including the Earth Day Celebration and the fundraiser for Niger, collecting can around campus for recycling, and projects in the effort to stop fracking in the Talladega National Forest.
Francine Hutchinson spoke at the meeting about the importance of keeping fracking out of Talladega, stating that the forest "is about 700,000 acres and one of our last remnants of forest in Alabama...lots of JSU professors take students there to study, ranging from the geology to the sociology department."
Additionally, the club will be planning hiking and camping trips to Little River Canyon, several bake sales, a tree planting project with the Boy Scouts, and many more clean-up projects around campus and Jacksonville.
The Earth Club's tree labeling and clean-up project will take place at Henry Farm Park on Nov. 9 at 12:30 p.m. The project will include identifying and labeling different species of trees along the biking trail at the farm as well as pizza and giveaways for those who choose to participate.
The Earth Club meets every second and third Friday of every month at 12:30 p.m. in Club Martin, located on the first floor of Martin Hall. Any and everyone is encouraged to attend.
For more information on Earth Club, contact Earth Club's president, Kristen Carlisle, at email@example.com, or the club's director, Dr. James Rayburn, firstname.lastname@example.org.