Lambda

Biology prof starts Green Day, hopes students will become more involved

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By Kayla Perry

Charles Ramcharan, an LU biology professor, says he is “concerned that the students, and even most of the faculty (at LU), aren’t aware of all the environmental things that are going on in town.”

His concern is the very reason he decided to organize Laurentian University’s first Green Day, which was on Tuesday, Oct. 29, in West residence. Local clubs and volunteer organizations were invited to come and interact with students, to teach them about how they can play a role in supporting a green earth and become environmentally friendly.

“I want to make people more aware. We do have Earth Day, but that happens in the spring, when most people aren’t on campus – I want today to act as an Earth Day for Laurentian.”

The biology professor said he plans on making Green Day an annual event, although in the future it will take place in September rather than October. He also plans on inviting more Sudbury businesses involved in the environment, as well as health and wellness groups, to attend the event next year.

This year, attendees included the Nordic Ski Club, Northern Vegetarian Society and the Cyclist Club.

Ramcharan, who has been a professor at LU for 10 years, also runs the Voyageurs Community Garden, located between Thorneloe University and the sports stadium. He urges anyone who wants to become more environmentally involved, or participate in the garden next year, to contact him at cramcharan@laurentian.ca.