Earth Day encourages environmental focus
On Monday, April 22, the world will celebrate the 43rd annual Earth Day, a global event meant to celebrate the Earth and raise awareness for environmental causes. Earth Day is our opportunity to participate in activities that show an appreciation for the natural beauty of our planet and commitment to combating environmental pollution.
Earth Day is meant to inspire the public to take pride and better care of the environment. Originally established by U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teaching and first held April 22, 1970, Earth Day is now an annual, global event celebrated by more than 192 countries.
Earth Day reminds us each small step we take toward protecting the environment today will bring us closer to achieving a sustainable environment in
the future. The Marine Corps’ theme for this year’s Earth Day is “Global reach, Local action.” We are in a unique position on Okinawa to not only care for our local environment, but to take action as a military community living alongside our host-nation neighbors overseas. Each year, our military community hosts numerous activities aimed at celebrating the environment and reducing our environmental footprint.
So, what can you do to help?
This year, Marine Corps Base Camp Smedley D. Butler will host numerous Earth Day activities throughout the month of April. These are great ways to get your
units, friends and families involved and participate in Earth Day celebrations.
There are many simple steps you can incorporate into your daily routine to benefit the environment. These include buying used rather than new items, supporting local farmers markets, vacationing closer to home, leaving the car behind in favor of walking or using The Green Line, and making a greater effort to donate, reuse or recycle items before throwing them in the trash. The possibilities are endless; it is just a matter of making an effort and doing something.
The Marine Corps is committed to reducing energy consumption and ensuring the quality of the environment through increased energy efficiency. There are several things we can all do to reduce our energy use: use natural light as much as possible, use a clothesline instead of a dryer, and turn off computers,
monitors and other office equipment at the end of the work day. We need everyone’s help to achieve our energy reduction goals.
It is up to us as individuals to decide what choices we will make to celebrate Earth Day. Any of these actions taken together — and multiplied by millions of
people dedicated to change — can deliver a huge environmental benefit. That is worth pursuing this Earth Day!
For a complete listing of Earth Day events and activities, please contact the MCB Camp Butler Environmental Affairs Branch at 645-3319.
Treece is an environmental trainer with the Marine Corps Base Camp Smedley D. Butler Environmental Affairs Branch.
Earth Day Schedule of Events
April 12 - Camp Foster perimeter fence cleanup
April 19 - Oura Wan Beach cleanup
April 22 - Eco-tourism Park cleanup
April 26 - Tropical Beach seawall cleanup
April 26 - Urasoe City cleanup
April 29 - Henoko Village beach cleanup