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CDC celebrates Earth Day, teaches children importance of caring for planet

By Child Development Center | | May 5, 2014


Editor’s note:  The following article is provided by the Child Development Center.

Col. Don Davis, commanding officer, Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, and children from the Child Development Center celebrated Earth Day 2014 at the CDC, April 22.

The children learned the importance of Earth Day through planting flowers with Davis and Deborah Bouyer, Marine Corps Community Services director.

Each year there are celebrations held in more than 192 countries around the world for Earth Day, according to the SoftSchools.com website, http://www. softschools.com/facts/holidays/earth_day_facts/156/. Earth Day is meant to show support for protecting the environment.

“Earth Day is important to help raise awareness of the impact we have on the environment and what can be done about it,” Dorothy Bryant, director, Child Development Center, said. “It’s important for our children to learn about Earth Day at an early age to help keep their surroundings clean and safe. Planting flowers is a way to help keep the air fresher to breathe and one of the ways to do this is by allowing our children to plant flowers and vegetables.”

A United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Conference held in 1969 suggested choosing March 21, 1970, as the first Earth Day, information posted on the website states.

The U.S. chose to celebrate a separate Earth Day on April 22 each year. This date became the internationally recognized Earth Day in 1990. There are also many communities that support environmental issues by celebrating Earth Week, according to the website.

According to SoftSchools.com, some of the statistics that are used to get the point of going green across include:

*  Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to watch three hours of TV. It takes less energy (90 percent less) to recycle aluminum cans than to manufacture new ones.

*  The average person tosses out about 4 pounds of garbage every day.

*  The average person uses about 12,000 gallons of water each year.

*  Only 27 percent of newspapers in the U.S. are recycled. If they were all recycled, it would save one quarter of a billion trees every year.

*  Every year, there are 14 billion pounds of garbage thrown into the oceans. The plastic garbage kills at least 1 million creatures in the ocean each year.