Fight for climate justice with Sustainability Club

Harmony Albarran

FOR THE QC

The Earth has sustained life for approximately 4.28 billion years, and the increased belief of an expiration date permeates the air (alongside rising tensions and temperatures). Survival within a maimed environment may appear bleak; however, humanity is not powerless in reversing ailments detailed by the United Nations’  within the sixth Global Environmental Outlook. In fact, an individual may aid in the battle against ecological deterioration here on campus with the Sustainability Club.

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Second-year Scout Mucher presides as president of the club this year and maintains a firm belief that serving the environment can stem from small, yet impactful actions from day-to-day. “If you’re looking for a change, you have to be willing to contribute to it, and sometimes you need to start small,” said Mucher. “If the world needs to be more sustainable — if Whittier needs to be more sustainable — then this is how you get there.” Mucher hopes to kick off this initiative by incorporating activities that immerse members in nature and involve them in educational discussions about the state of the environment around them and how that might change given specific course of action. 

Club activities are predicted to include things like hiking, frisbee on the lawn, and beach cleanups. The idea is to generate an increased appreciation for the environment in order to stimulate action and productivity from the club’s participants. “Even with something as simple as playing frisbee on the [Upper] Quad, you’re breathing fresh air. You’re touching the grass and feeling the warmth of the sun as it sets. I want these experiences to start the conversation of why the nature we have is important, and how things would be different if it wasn’t there anymore,” said Mucher. 

The club is organized in a way to highlight the interconnectedness between various lifestyles and the environment, so by making the issues of environment at hand more relevant to college students, club participation and retention are predicted to increase. “Everything is interconnected. You can’t talk about environmental science without talking about politics, economics, culture — everything, because the environment houses the possibility for these things,” said Mucher. Sustainability Club assigns meaning to day-to-day tasks and explores how they could be modified for not only our environment’s benefit, but our own as well. During last year’s club project, they installed a bike repair station for students who ride their bicycles to school. The effort provided convenience to the lives of students while also urging the use of more sustainable means of transportation. The club plans to fulfill at least one big service project for both the Fall and Spring semesters.

Sustainability Club is open to all students from all walks of life. The club recognizes that activism largely depends on the differing opportunities available to every person and attempts to bridge the gap. “I believe that every small step towards becoming more environmentally sustainable should count for something,” said Mucher. “There are so many different factors to take into account when thinking of ways to influence people to behave in a more environmentally-friendly way, and I want this to be a viable option towards that.”

The efforts of the Sustainability Club are likely to be witnessed around campus, but the roots of the club stretch further and embed themselves within the general welfare of humanity. The club intends to focus on gathering support for the environment by influencing students to care for it. Through means of fun and engagement, Sustainability Club raises awareness for a growing issue that is likely to affect everyone. The club provides support for larger and more tactile methods of activism, like participating in public demonstrations and strikes. Sustainability Club exists to bring hope for a promising future, full of life that beats the current odds.