Earth Day

the axe magazine online issue 11

21 April 2021



WHAT TO DO ON EARTH DAY by Mira Ciccarello


Vaccinations • Volleyball Put on Hold



Land Acknowledgement

Eugene School District 4j, South Eugene High School, and your Axe Magazine online would like to acknowledge that our institution sits on the homelands of the Kalapuya people.

In the Treaties of 1851 and 1854-1855, and the subsequent forced removals of many Indian people from western Oregon, some of the Kalapuya were moved to the Grand Ronde Reservation and some were moved to the Siletz Reservation. It is important to note that all of Lane County was an important trading and gathering area for camas and other resources.

During the Restoration Era, from 1977-1989, Lane County was designated at the Service Area for the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Indians, the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, the Coquille Indian Tribe, and the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Indians.

Eugene 4J District and South wish to acknowledge that descendants of the original and Service Area inhabitants of this land are still here today. They are thriving members of our schools and our communities. Countless members of other Tribes now also call our community and schools their home.

We wish to thank those original stewards of this land. We as outsiders on this land wish to remember that we need to take good care of this land and take good care of all members of our school district and community. Thank you for joining us.

Land acknowledgement courtesy of Brenda Brainard.

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Illustration by Bettina Wu

What can you do once fully vaccinated?

By Will Borrevik

With all Oregonians eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine since April 19 and 22% of the state’s population already fully vaccinated, many are wondering what they can or cannot do. Here’s what you can do two weeks after your last shot, according to the CDC.

Masks Not Required

  • Indoor gatherings with other fully vaccinated people.

  • Indoor gatherings with unvaccinated people who are at lower risk for severe illness from COVID-19 from one other household.

Masks Required

  • Public settings and public transportation.

  • Indoor gatherings with unvaccinated people who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 from one other household.


If you come into contact with someone who later tests positive for COVID-19, you don’t need to get tested or quarantine unless you have COVID-19 symptoms.


  • Travel domestically without self-quarantining or getting tested before or after travel.

  • Travel internationally without getting tested before travel and without self-quarantining. However, all international travelers are still required to get tested at least 3 days before returning to the US.

Not Currently Recommended

  • Some of the above travel requirements vary by destination: if the area that you’re traveling to is dealing with a COVID-19 surge, consider getting a test before leaving or not traveling there at all.

  • The CDC also recommends that people avoid medium or large-sized gatherings, especially in where:

    • Physical distancing might not be possible.

    • The community where the gathering is taking place is increasing high levels of COVID-19 cases.

    • The gathering is centered around activities that can increase the spread of COVID-19, such as singing, shouting, or other activities that make mask-wearing difficult.


Illustration by Mira Ciccarello

How To Celebrate Earth Day: April 24

Earth Day is fast approaching! If you haven’t made any plans, consider these options to celebrate the 52nd Earth Day.

By Mira Ciccarello

Make Some Sustainable Swaps - This Earth Day, consider reducing your environmental impact by making some low-waste swaps to common household items. For example: Instead of buying shower products that come in single-use plastics, try shampoo and conditioner bars that come in biodegradable packaging. Or refill the bottles you already have with bulk natural products.

Shop Small - Stop by our local Saturday market and help support small businesses and buy ethically sourced or handcrafted products at the same time. Produce is grown locally and most farmers do not use harmful pesticides.

Unsubscribe to Unneeded Catalogs - Most households have a few catalog subscriptions that are no longer read and just go straight into the trash. Do some spring cleaning and cancel those subscriptions, or use the magazines for an art project.

Earth Day Live - Earth Day Live is a three-day livestream geared towards spreading awareness about global warming and teaching people ways to help. This live stream has live music performances, scheduled speakers and performers include names like Black Lives Matter’s Patrisse Cullors, Stacey Abrams, Jack Johnson, Joaquin Phoenix, and DJ Spooky.

Plant Something - The classic Earth Day tradition is to plant something, whether that be your own herb garden, native wildflowers or even trees, which you can volunteer to plant with one of the many foundations in Oregon like “Friends of Trees.”

Enjoy Nature - On this Earth Day make time to appreciate nature and the beautiful planet we live on. Have a picnic with friends, take a hike in Hendrick’s Park, or spend the day by the river.


Varsity Volleyball Suspended by COVID Case

The South Eugene varsity volleyball team has been suspended for the rest of the season due to a positive COVID-19 case. The positive case was discovered on March 30, and per state guidelines forced the team to cease all activity. The shutdown has caused disappointment and confusion among members of the volleyball team and community, including seniors who were playing their last season this year. – By Henry Nieckarz

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