O’Dowd celebrated Earth Week April 24-28, with a variety of fun and educational activities, daily themes, an alumni guest speaker panel and an all school assembly, featuring representatives from Generation Waking Up – a global campaign to ignite a generation of young people to bring forth a thriving, just, sustainable world.
At the assembly, student leaders in S-Corps talked about the effects of environmental degradation, including deforestation, ocean acidification, rising sea levels and species extinction.
Director of Sustainability Andra Yeghoian noted that O’Dowd has made great strides over the last four years to educate the community about these issues, as well as reduce the school’s ecological footprint, save money and create lasting social change.
Generation Waking Up representatives Joshua Gorman and Barbara Jefferson encouraged students to continue to be leaders in the effort to secure the future of our planet.
O’Dowd stands out as a beacon in the area of sustainability education, Gorman said. “We work with a lot of high schools and colleges throughout the country, and your school is a shining example,” he said.
Watch the video recapping O’Dowd’s work in the area of sustainability created by Reece Mladjov ’17 below: