WSC Business Ethics Class Pledging To Walk And Not Drive, Encouraging Others To Join

WAYNE – Students at Wayne State College are pledging to walk or bike to school and back home on Wednesday, April 20.

According to a release from the WSC Business Ethics class, students chose the pledge campaign to promote environmental responsibility and personal health. The hashtag for the event is #walkingwildcats.

A study done by the Pacific Institute shows walking one and a half miles a day instead of driving that distance produces only a quarter of the amount of greenhouse gas that driving would create. The CDC, or Center for Disease Control, reports that the more vehicles being driven is related to higher asthma rates, as well as higher auto-accidents and deaths. Finally, walking relates to lower risks of problematic diseases such as heart disease, stroke and glaucoma.

With walking not feasible for everyone as many people have long distances they need to drive to get to work or school and many careers involve driving to transport goods. Finding ways to avoid or even minimize the time that a vehicle is running can benefit the planet and the community by promoting a better air quality, lower traffic related instances and a healthier society.

Any commuters that would also like to participate and take the pledge for walk to school day are encouraged to find a friend or someone they can carpool with on April 20. Community members and businesses are encouraged to take the pledge online using the survey.

If community members would like more information about the pledge drive, contact one of the groups involved. You can find the online pledge on the Facebook, Twitter and Instagram of Wayne State College Department of Business and Economics or WSC Green Team.

All are welcome to join in the effort as part of the Wayne State College Earth Week. Again, post your participation with the hashtag #walkingwildcats as Earth Day is Friday, April 22.

 

Along with the Wayne Green Team hosting Friday morning Chamber Coffee at 10 a.m. from the Wayne Public Library this week, other Earth Day events will be on Sunday, April 24.

Join the WSC Exercise is Medicine Club in a spring clean up of the Wayne Walking Trail. Meet at the ping pong tables across from Wildcat Lane at 3:50 p.m. on Sunday to be assigned a group and trail section.  The goal is to pick up as much trash as possible to keep the Wayne Walking Trail clean.

Also, visit the Majestic for a free screening of the uplifting documentary, My Octopus Teacher. The film follows the story of an unusual friendship between a filmmaker and an octopus living in a South African kelp forest. My Octopus Teacher helps us discover the fragility of life and humanity’s connection to nature. This film won an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature in 2021. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for recycling demos and the 85-minute film begins at 7 p.m. on Sunday. This free event is hosted by the City of Wayne Green Team, the WSC Green Team and the A. Jewell Schock Museum of Natural History. Bring your own popcorn container and cup to help make this a zero waste event.

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