Marist High School was proud to attend the first-ever Marist Earth Day Weekend at the Marist Brothers Center in Esopus, New York. Students that are a part of the Green Team club traveled to Esopus April 21-23 with club moderator, Mr. Austin Bilotto to attend the Earth Day conference.
Marist Chicago was one of seven schools in attendance. The weekend was an educational experience for all who were involved. Students and adult leaders heard from guest speakers about the current state of our world and how we can improve the health of our earth. Topics such as energy usage, composting, recycling, bird watching, tree planting and much more were available in workshops.
Everything revolved around Pope Francis’ Laudato Si Action Platform, which equips the Church to achieve real and lasting solutions to the ecological crisis. This initiative aims to create concrete actions to protect our common home.
“This opportunity allowed our students to be engaged with nature and learn ways to improve how we interact with it.” said Austin Bilotto. “We often think that our decisions will have no effect on the state of the world, but I believe that any single action can change the course of history. By educating those around us we can start making bigger changes that impact the world around us.”
Below are some great first hand experiences from our Marist Chicago students that attended the weekend:
“The weekend was an eye opening experience with nature, If I could go back tomorrow, I would.” -Imani Hill ’24
“I’m proud to be a Marist Chicago representative and bring back all of the amazing knowledge gained.” -Fiona Bonner ’25
“The experience was really informative and the campus was amazing. Go green team!” -Nora O’Connor ’25
“This was an immersive experience that blended education and the feeling of community. We must care for our common home.” -Alan Treto ’24
Below are some photos from the weekend:
What an amazing experience for our students to learn how to care for our Earth!