Students celebrate the planet at Earthfest

California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) held the annual Earthfest in honor of Earth Day on Friday, April 22.

Organized by the Environmental Affairs Committee (EAC) under Associated Students (AS), the day began by students who helped remove invasive plants from behind the school library in the morning in support of Melyssa Spandri’s capstone project. The newly cleared space “will serve as a memorial for environmentalists who have passed away” according to MyRaft.

The main festival started on the Main Quad at 1 p.m. Throughout the quad, there was a thrifting table of free clothing, environmental clubs on campus tabling, a taco food truck, games, and free plant and bird feeder making. Some tables were also hosting a scavenger hunt or trivia students could take part in to win prizes.

Tables from AS, the Marine Science Club, and the Wildlife Conservation Club gave out prizes like bamboo toothbrushes, stuffed animals, reusable straws, plant growing kits, and foldable bowls for students who answered a Google Form correctly. Questions were based on Marine science and plant types.

The festival also included surrealist paintings from CSUMB artist, Christiana Bonner, who also gave out free seed bombs. Students could also relax in the grass while listening to live music from Johnny and Ringo, GOSH, and other talented musicians at CSUMB.

After the main festival ended at 4 p.m., some students went hiking through Fort Ord National Monument.

Finally at 8 p.m., the movie ‘Finding Dory’ was screened outside of the OSU Inter-Garrison Plaza and free popcorn was given out.

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