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April Celebrations: World Autism Awareness Day and National Garden Month

In April, we have many important dates, such as World Autism Awareness Day on April 2 and it is also National Garden Month! In hopes to raise awareness for Autism, we can all wear blue, the color for autism awareness. Autism is a developmental disorder where those with Autism think, communicate, and behave differently. One way to think of it is that they learn differently and have a harder time with social signals. I have a good friend who has autism and he is an elite runner who is a track and field athlete! In college, he runs a mile in under 5 minutes🏃🏃🏃. It’s important to understand that everyone has their challenges and to raise awareness we should try to wear blue this month. 

National Garden Month is also really important. Growing gardens and protecting our plants are important because they are both actions that help preserve our nature. With the growing issue of global warming, we’ve seen much harsher and more unpredictable weather patterns, rising sea levels, and the loss of habitat for many of our beloved species. According to UCLA climate scientist Daniel Swain, “In the case of the storm that drenched Los Angeles, climate change likely boosted rainfall (Lee and Howlett). This explains a lot of the extreme weather that was unprecedented in the Southern California region. When I was coming to college, being from the suburbs of Chicago where we commonly get rain, I was hoping that Los Angeles would be my escape from the rainy weather. Now I realize, the growing issue of climate change helps explain this. Also, growing a garden is beautiful and helps us stay positive! In means of either home decor, plant growing, or vegetation growth, I hope everyone participates in gardening this month! 🌹💐🌿

-Shotaro Seto, SOLA Student Digital Content Coordinator


MLA Citation:

Lee, Jack, and Joseph Howlett. “California’s Historic Storms Continue. Here’s How Much Scientists Say It’s Being Driven by Climate Change.” San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Chronicle, 10 Mar. 2024,

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