TERRA plans for change

by Molly Crain
Staff Writer

The Transylvania Environmental Rights and Responsibilities Alliance (TERRA) is looking forward to a more progressive and sustainably active term, after self-described disruption last year.

While group members would say that last year was successful, they also describe problems that made the organization realize they still have some growing to do.

That’s why for the future, TERRA is hoping to make some major changes to encourage campus participation and therefore become more active in the Lexington community.

TERRA members agree that the trip to Power Shift 2011 last April — the largest environmental youth summit in Washington, D.C. — happened in a scramble of last-minute fundraising and quick organization, which was graciously supported by Power Shift organizers as well as generous donations from Transy and the Student Government Association.

“I think it’s important to make reference to the group’s activity side,” said junior Adrian Hosler. “We are meant to actually get out and do works of service and be participants in the community — we’re not just a discussion group.”

TERRA is hoping to devise educational workshops for students as well as for others in the community to promote sustainability and environmental concern.

If you want to find out more about these events and future plans, come to TERRA’s first official meeting of the year tonight in Haupt Humanities, room 111, from 6:30 to 7:30.

TERRA also hopes to have a retreat at the Red River Gorge Oct. 8, and all who are interested are invited to participate.

“Joining TERRA is a great way to become more environmentally aware,” said sophomore Alicia Reinersman. “Living sustainably is not just a way of life, it is a process of learning. … If you join, come ready to learn and ready to be an active and important voice in our group. Not only is TERRA becoming more structured, but it is becoming more fun!”

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