|From the Executive Director
April 22 marked the 50th anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement. Earth Day 1970 began a movement that showed the world new ways to interact with nature, wildlife, and our environment. Typically, a 50th anniversary is a “jubilee” and calls for celebrations and gifts of gold. We all have the opportunity to celebrate the goals and vision of that first Earth Day -- but perhaps not with gifts of gold. By taking care of Earth, we can protect and nurture our community, country, and earth in so many ways. Take a moment to thank the many scientists, activists, and environmentalists who have made strides to provide a better, cleaner home for us. Do something positive: recycle, use less water, be aware of pollution in all its forms. Make the effort to not add to the problem by planting pollinator attracting plants in your own yards and by not using toxic pesticides. Take the time to be part of nature and to share what we know with the next generation -- the list goes on.
Earth Day is the largest secular observance in the world, celebrated by more than 1 billion people every year, and a day of action that aspires to change human behavior and provoke policy changes. Visit the Earth Day website (www.earthday.org) to learn more about this important global movement that needs to take place every day, not just on April 22 each year.
Do visit Living Classroom’s new For Parents page on our website with many ideas for activities and resources, including videos of some of our lesson activities.
And stay safe and healthy! We look forward to seeing our students, teachers, parents, and volunteers again in August.
Margot Harrigan, Executive Director
P.S. This month, many popular publications have provided a variety of great ideas: National Geographic provides a sober view of all the things humans are doing right and wrong; People Magazine has an article “50 Things You Should Know and Can Do to Help the Planet”; our friends from Kiwanis devoted their monthly magazine to “Protecting the Planet for Generations to Come”; and even the Costco Connection monthly is focusing on Earth Day and our environment with many great ideas (and recipes).