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Earth Day in Huntsville

Earth Day is officially celebrated on April 22, but Huntsville started early. On Saturday, April 17, Sous Weber, the Huntsville Earth Day Coordinator, led an army of volunteers to coordinate Earth Day at Hayes Nature Preserve.

Earth Day on  the Flint River at Hayes Nature Preserve. Image credit: Regina Garson.
Earth Day on the Flint River at Hayes Nature Preserve. Image credit: Regina Garson.
Earth Day at Hayes Nature Preserve in Huntsville.
Regina Garson

Earth Day at Hayes was an opportunity to get out and enjoy nature, have some fun, and learn a little something at the same time. There were hikes, geocaching, and even a fashion show. There were beekeepers, foresters, and outdoor men and women. There were also a whole lot of families and friends just getting out to have a good time and enjoy nature. According to Sous, that is what it is all about. It is about starting young and getting them outdoors where they can enjoy and understand nature, because if you can do that she explains, "They will respect animals, the environment, and all living things."

Earth Day was started 40 years ago in an effort to build involvement in environmental awareness. It was founded on the premise that all people, regardless of race, gender, income, or geography, have a moral right to a healthy, sustainable environment. From there, the awareness has grown, but not without effort. Cities, towns, villages, countries, families, individuals, and corporations from around the globe have all joined in the effort. There are songs, there is art, there are recycling efforts, education efforts, awareness efforts, and a whole lot more.

There are core issues including: environmental education and responsibility, advocacy for the environment and all living things, green values, clean water issues, climate change, energy conservation, recycling and waste reduction, conservation, education and a whole lot more.

The idea is that each look within themselves as to what they can do to help take care of the earth, because if we do not take care of the earth, it will not be there to take care of us. Ultimately, we all can do something.

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  • Kim Bogin 5 years ago

    Go Earth Day!

  • Natalie DiTullio 5 years ago

    This sounds like such a nice time.

  • Drew Denny - National Paddle Sports Examiner 5 years ago

    I agree, Earth Day should be every day.

  • Angela Moore Duck Birmingham Christian Spiritualit 5 years ago

    Great article and pictures. Love the meandering creek.

  • Scott Knutson - Philly Mystical-Spirituality Exami 5 years ago

    Some day maybe we won't need an earth day, because it will be natural for everyone to show concern daily for our home.

  • Dave Sandersfeld, Oregon Nature Examiner 5 years ago

    CLASSY ARTICLE REGINA! Mother nature should be smiling.

    I remember what I'd miss especially on Earth Day -if we destroyed it. Like fresh water and air we breath every minute or less now. wildflower, song birds gold, oil.....

  • Ronnie 5 years ago

    Excellent expression for Earth Day!

  • Tina Ranieri 5 years ago


  • Charlene Collins ~ Atlanta Family Health Examiner 5 years ago

    I have more than 100 views to give..Here's some page love from me to you! ;)

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