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Forum designed to expose truth of plastics

By Katauna Loeuy

“The Truth about Plastics,” a day-long educational forum hosted at Whatcom Community College, brought together a variety of experts and concerned citizens to study the hard truth about plastics and their environmental impact.
The Mt. Baker chapter of the Sierra Club, Zero Waste Washington, and the Sustainability Club at Whatcom joined professors from Western Washington University and Washington State University, for the all-day seminar.
“The objective of the event is to get people excited about helping the environment,” said Heather Trim, the executive director of Zero Waste Washington.

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Sustainability Club hosts a fall festival

By Apple Parry

In order to recruit new members, the Sustainability Club set up “Fall Fest,” a Halloween themed event in front of Heiner Center on Oct 30.

Fall Fest included games like pumpkin bowling and tic-tac-toe with potatoes.

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Sustainability Club members go “pumpkin bowling” in front of Baker Hall

“Through this community we can work together in a fun and creative way to inform others to do better for the environment,” Nano DeOliveira said, a Sustainability Club member.

The Sustainability Club focuses on making Whatcom Community College more environmentally conscious.

Brian Cope, a co-advisor for the club, said, “We always have a project that we’re working on, such as Fall Fest.”

Stephanie Hombroek, another member of the Sustainability Club, said their goal is to “move towards a sustainable future.” Hombroek said they participate community service, go on hikes to pick up litter, and have guest speakers who inform members about the environment.

Mariia Nepuliaera joined the club because of her concerns about the future. She said, “We only have 12-15 years until climate change is inevitable, and you can’t do anything to change it.”

DeOliveira added that the club is, “about creating a community of people that are like-minded in seeing the importance in preserving the natural ecosystem.”

Their goals for the end of the school year, Hombroek says, are to “raise awareness, to be as informed as we can, and take this [experience] with us in the future,” so that they can continue leading more sustainable lives.

They recently contributed to the community by handing out flyers with tips describing how you can recycle your carved pumpkins from Halloween.

The club meets on Wednesday s in Kulshan 224 at 4:00 p.m.

Cope said, “Every year we do something a little bit different.” adding that the president of the club, Justin Claus, “would like to have a conference by the end of the year.”


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