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 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.
For more information:
- The Earthday Network
Environmental Education Teacher's Page
- Keep America Beautiful -- official website for the 2010 Great American Cleanup™ campaign.
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