The Cardinal Gibbons Earth Day Celebration is an annual event that allows the Gibbons community to come together to celebrate God's beautiful creation. Through the involvement of various clubs on campus, as well as some support from outside vendors, we can increase our awareness and appreciation for the importance and beauty of planet Earth.
Questions about the Earth Day Celebration? contact Ms. Gabi Burn 08' (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The CGHS Earth Day Celebration is Wednesday, April 25th, 2018 after school in the main lobby/outside area of the school until 3:30 PM. Encourage your students to attend and bring your families to celebrate! We will be giving out FREE raffle tickets for an awesome selection of prizes! Come to Earth day to claim your prize!
- Solar panel phone chargers
- Reusable lunch bags
- Reusable Straws
- Bamboo Toothbrushes
Here are some of the highlights of the event:
- Live animals
- Ice cream truck
- Guitar Band
- Recycled jewelry making with Art Club
- Launch of weather ballon with Space Explorers
- Play with Robots from Robotics
- Watch drone club use their awesome drones!
As a Catholic School, it is important that we pray together for Planet Earth. Environmentalism is very much part of our faith (caring for God’s creation). Our planet is immensely interconnected, and it could only have been designed by God himself!
We see your glory, Lord, in the wonderful nature that surrounds us. As the flowers begin to bloom and the sun shines, we think of Someone who is far greater than we are, Someone who is far more awesome. During this time of year nature reminds us of your presence and your love. May we constantly be aware of the great love that you offer us and respond to that love by respecting all that you have created. Amen.
Prayer #2: Final Word’s from Pope’s Encyclical on the Environment
God of love, show us our place in this world
as channels of your love
for all the creatures of this earth
for not one of them is forgotten in your sight.
Enlighten those who possess power and money
that they may avoid the sin of indifference,
that they may love the common good, advance the weak, and care for this world in which we live.
The poor and the earth are crying out.
O Lord, seize us with your power and light,
help us to protect all life,
to prepare for a better future,
for the coming of your Kingdom of justice,
peace, love and beauty.
Praise be to you!
Questions answered by Ms. Gabi Burn 08', science teacher and Earth Day Celebration Organizer.
1.Why do you think it is important to celebrate Earth Day?
Earth day is an opportunity for us to be grateful for God’s creation. The more I study environmental science and understand how the earth works, the closer I feel to fully appreciating God’s great work. It is so incredible how rare, unique, interconnected, and complex our planet is. It is not only important to make everyone aware of this, but to celebrate it as well.
2.What was your favorite part of the CGHS Earth Day celebration?
My favorite part is seeing the projects done by our clubs and students here on campus. The beauty of earth day is that it isn’t just an environmental thing- it is EVERYONE’s thing. Every club can somehow find a link to the environment- and I love giving our clubs and student groups a chance to be creative and connect their passions with protecting our environment.
3.Why are animals incorporated each year as a part of the festivities?
The animals are part of cultivating appreciation for planet earth. Many of the animals she brings have special features- she had the only species of armadillo that can roll up into a complete ball. She has unique reptiles with blue tongues and foxes that we wouldn’t get to see in a typical zoo. She is showing off the amazing biodiversity that we have on our planet- also while educating students about the different animals and the evolution of their characteristics over time.
a.Where do these animals come from?
We get the animals from an educational company called Our Zoo 2 You. she has been working with animals for over 20 years and she is passionate about education.
1.What do you hope students gain other than having an ice cream from this celebration?
I want students to be aware of and appreciate the environment. Sometimes people think we are separate or above- but in fact, we are PART of our environment and everything we do has an impact on it. I also want them to be aware of what they can do to help- through raffling sustainable items like solar panel phone chargers and reusable lunch bags and water bottles, we can encourage changing our behavior to decrease our impact. The food truck and ice cream trucks are local businesses, which we inform students about the benefits of that (less fuel, supporting local economy and local agriculture, etc) and the animals help them to be more aware of the animals we share this planet with.
2.What can students do going forward to help the environment
Going forward, students can find way to decrease their impact daily. Recycling, reusing what they can, carpooling, driving less, turning off the lights when you leave a room, printing on both sides of the paper…there are little things that we can do that add up. Being aware is step 1, taking action is the next step towards making a healthier environment for us and for everything that lives here.