Students Tackle Global Warming, Reducing Waste

May 15th, 2007 | By | Category: 18-4: Health and Healing, Tribal College News
By Menomin Hawpetoss

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT. Darrel Madosh, Thomas Davids, Louise Davids, and Karolin Awonohopay took front row seats at one of the community awareness sessions hosted by the College of Menominee Nation. Photo by Jessica Buettner

The College of Menominee Nation (CMN, Keshena, WI) is among 359 colleges participating in a nationwide Campus Climate Challenge.

The program challenges college youth to promote, organize, and initiate a clean energy future. Sponsored by 30 leading youth organizations throughout the United States, the project aims to produce a generation-wide response to the global warming crisis.

The challenge was kicked off with a “Week of Action” in late January. Participating schools were offered a free copy and public viewing rights to the documentary, “An Inconvenient Truth,” in which Al Gore demonstrates the causes and effects of global warming.

Over 100 people watched the movie on the CMN campus. Some found the documentary alarming, but it ends with hope. Afterwards, CMN students expressed their willingness to change and combat this global issue.

CMN is also taking part in Recyclemania, a nationwide college contest to reduce the amount of waste produced on campus. The program emphasizes recycling papers, plastics, and aluminum by both the students and faculty. In a class project, students in the Implementing Sustainable Development class are measuring the amounts of recycled material gathered on campus.

CMN students and staff realize that if they don’t volunteer to make some changes, changes will be made for them as a result of global warming, overflowing land fills, and diminished resources. The students’ motto is, “If we don’t take care of our Mother Earth, our future generations will be left with the mess we leave today.”

Fort Berthold Community College (FBCC, New Town, ND) is also participating in the Campus Climate Challenge.

Menomin Hawpetoss is a student intern at the CMN Sustainable Development Institute. For more information, see

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