Green Week Challenge: Nature
Complete at least one activity in this category as part of the Green Week Challenge. To get started, download the Green Week Challenge Card or pick up a hard copy at various locations on campus and in Oxford.
When was the last time you found a chance to unwind and enjoy the outdoor spaces Oxford has to offer? This category of the Green Week Challenge highlights the importance of nature through reading, learning and interacting with local natural spaces. Complete at least one nature-related act of green from the list below.
Click the act you’d like to learn more about or scroll down for additional information.
Visit the nature nook of Square Books
Attend the Ole Miss Arbor Day ceremony
Pick up two pieces of trash on April 18! Snap a pic & post using #Take2Miss & #GreenWeekChallenge
Attend “The Songs of Trees” Keynote Address by David George Haskell
Take a walk in Bailey’s Woods
Document this Act of Green: Bring your Green Week Challenge card to Square Books and collect a stamp from an employee after visiting the nature section (located in front of the stairs on the 2nd floor).
Why it’s important
The nature section at Square Books hosts a wide variety of books including wildlife identification, fiction, conservation and more. Learning about different topics in nature is important for gaining a better understanding and appreciation for the environment.
Buying from local businesses keeps money within the community and supports the local economy, but it also reduces impacts to the environment. Staying local rather than driving out of town or shopping online for an item across the country saves energy and reduce gas emissions. Shopping locally results in less transportation, reduces the amount of fuel emissions that pollute the air and prevents the build up of waste that comes along with shipping and packaging.
Document this Act of Green: Bring your Green Week Challenge card to the ceremony and visit the UM Office of Sustainability table for a stamp!
Why it’s important
One of the best things you can do to help the environment is simply plant a tree. Trees provide countless benefits for the well-being of our planet and ourselves.
Planet: Trees absorb carbon dioxide, a major greenhouse gas contributing to climate change, and provide us oxygen in return. Along with absorbing CO2, trees clean the air even further by trapping other pollutants in the atmosphere like nitrogen oxides, ammonia, sulfur dioxide and ozone. They offer habitat for countless wildlife, conserve energy by providing shade and filter rainwater through their roots for a cleaner water supply.
People: Access to trees and green spaces are proven to reduce stress and mental fatigue, promote physical activity, lower blood pressure, and studies have shown that a view of trees can even fight disease. Tree plantings bring people together, and encourage a sense of community. Could you imagine a treeless Grove or Circle? Beyond the countless environmental benefits, trees offer people more than we may realize.
Document this Act of Green: Post a photo of the two pieces of trash you pick up on Facebook or Instagram using #Take2Miss & #GreenWeekChallenge
How it Works
The University of Mississippi is participating in Trash Wars, a statewide litter cleanup competition, on April 18. To earn points for Ole Miss, pick up two pieces of trash, snap a photo and post to Facebook or Instagram using #Take2Miss and #GreenWeekChallenge. The winning university will be announced on April 19.
Anyone may participate in Trash Wars, on-campus or off, as long as you use the #Take2Miss and the #GreenWeekChallenge. Participants may pick up as many pieces of litter as they want throughout the day but all items of litter must be shown in each photograph posted in order to be counted.
The event is organized by Take2Miss, an initiative aimed at encouraging residents of Mississippi to pick up litter. Check out the Take2Miss Instagram account here.
Document this Act of Green: Visit the Office of Sustainability table for a stamp!
About the event
David Haskell will deliver the 2017 Earth Day Keynote Address. Haskell is a professor of Biology and Environmental Studies at the University of the South and author of The Forest Unseen: A Year’s Watch in Nature which explores the local diversity in one square meter of the forest floor in Shakerag Hollow, atop the Cumberland Plateau in Sewanee, Tennessee over a calendar year. He will be speaking about his new book The Songs of Trees: Stories from Nature’s Great Connectors. For this book, Haskell visited a dozen trees in different parts of the world, through which he experienced the diversity of the trees as well as their connections to other species.
Learn more about this event here.
Document this Act of Green: Take a photo of your walk (or of yourself enjoying the local flora and fauna) and post it to Instagram, Facebook or Twitter using the #GreenWeekChallenge.
Why it’s important
Numerous studies show that forests boost our immune system, lower blood pressure, reduce stress, encourage recovery from an illness, increase energy and improve sleep. Take the time to de-stress by spending a few minutes walking outdoors and enjoying free therapy courtesy of our planet.
The Bailey’s Woods National Recreation Trail offers a quiet escape from the busy energy of the university and Oxford. Apart from the physical benefits of exercise, walking in nature can help relieve stress and provide mental health benefits. The Bailey’s Woods trail is just a short walk from the center of campus and provides a 20-30 minute walk from the UM Museum to the grounds of Rowan Oak. The peaceful trail is less than a mile long and weaves over small hills and streams.