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Earthbound — Changing the Environment for the Better One Small Act at a Time

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Patrick Geddes, a Scottish conversationist in the early 20th century, first coined the phrase, “Think globally, act locally.” Earthbound, one of the many clubs The University of Olivet has to offer, has taken this phrase to heart. This club’s primary mission is to support the preservation of the environment and share its importance with others.  

Former club president and graduating senior Elijah Collins put it well when he said, “[Earthbound] is important because no matter your major, your background, your race or your ethnicity, the environment is what allows us to live. If we continue to destroy it, who knows what the future holds.”  

When asked why other students should join the club, treasurer Rebecca Robinson said, “I would encourage students to join Earthbound because it really is for everyone. Many of our members are science majors, but as an art major, I don’t feel out of place in the least. Everyone is incredibly welcoming and inclusive, and we have a lot of fun working together.” We all benefit from the beautiful world we inhabit, so every student is welcome and encouraged to participate in Earthbound’s work. 

One of the club’s most anticipated events is its involvement with the annual CraneFest, which takes place during the second week of October in Bellevue, Michigan. This is a sandhill crane and art festival that began in 1994, and it includes different vendors, environmental activities and the main attraction, the “fly-in” of the cranes. The University of Olivet students can volunteer and get involved with this event that celebrates the natural world.   

Over the fall semester, the club also had the opportunity to clean up the Mauby Garden on campus for a service project, hold a booth at the Eco Expo at Woldumar Nature Center and take a field trip to the Reptarium, a reptile zoo in Utica, Michigan. Their involvement and dedication to conservation and environmental awareness is inspiring.  

The club plans to get more involved in the community by partnering with a local owner of a greenhouse. The goal is for the school to grow some of its produce. Additionally, the greenhouse could be utilized for student service-learning opportunities and ecology-related projects. Earthbound also has big plans for Kirkelldel Biological Preserve. Rebecca said, “Within the next several years, students plan to remove invasive plant species and clear new and existing walking paths in Kirkelldel. We also plan to create a few campsites, as well as a dock with kayaks and canoes for student use. The hope is to make Kirkelldel not just a great place to learn and do research, but another place for students to engage in fun activities together.” 

The work this club is doing is important for all students and people. As Elijah Collins said, “The topics discussed are important to everyone. We all require a healthy environment and healthy earth. Spreading that word and fighting for change is crucial.” 

Learn more about the clubs and organizations The University of Olivet has to offer here, or contact the Office of Admission at 269-749-7635 or admissions@uolivet.edu. 

This feature was written by Savannah Baker, a senior studying English and business. The former editor of Olivet’s literary journal, Garfield Lake Review, Savannah now pursues her interest in writing and editing as a marketing intern with The University of Olivet.  

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