Students Join BGSU President's "Healthy Walk" to Demand We Move Beyond Energy That Makes Us Sick!
Today (April 3rd) BGSU president, Dr. Mary Ellen Mazey, and her cabinet hosted a National Start! Walking Day event. This event aimed to raise awareness about healthier lifestyles for faculty and students at BGSU by leading a 30 minute walk around campus. While this helps promote personal health, students believe that Bowling Green State University has a greater responsibility as a higher-education institution to promote/ support health across the globe. Currently, BGSU is getting approximately 70% of their electricity from coal-fired power plants and all of the heating on-campus is fulfilled by a natural gas plant. This reality goes directly against promoting healthy lifestyles. According to the Clean Air Task Force, approximately 36,000 Americans die each year as a result of coal-fired power plant pollution. The on-campus natural gas plant also promotes the poisoning of water-sources across the country through hydraulic fracturing.
In order to show President Mazey that students are truly concerned about their personal health and the health of everyone else across the globe, 22 students walked alongside President Mazey to show that they want her to lead BGSU to 100% clean energy by 2020. We are asking President Mazey (after saying no to over 2,700 student & faculty petitions) to make a public commitment by this Earth day (April 22nd) stating that BGSU will transition to 100% clean energy, like wind, solar, and geothermal, by 2020.