Wednesday, April 30, 2014

How Did You Serve on Earth Day?

Environmental Stewardship month is drawing to a close! In today's post, a few of our NCCC Pacific Region teams share how they celebrated and served on Earth Day.


Members of Green 1 celebrating
Earth Day in Riverfront Park
Green 1 participated in the Earth Day Spokane event on Saturday, April 26, 2014. It was an all-day Earth Day celebration in Riverfront Park, and the team assisted the booths with set-up and take down. Green 1 also participated in the events throughout the day which was educational and fun. The highlight of the day was enjoying some awesome music and learning directly about the impact humans have on the earth from a group of Native Americans in attendance.

-Amanda Kriner
Environmental Liaison
Green 1, Class 20

A speaker at the Earth Day celebration
in Riverfront Park
For Earth Day, April 22, 2014, the members of Silver 3 calculated their ecological footprint. Serving alongside the California Conservation Corps at the Fortuna Center in Fortuna, CA, theyparticipated in this to determine their personal ecological footprints. Each member of the team completed the calculator by filling out a survey on myfootprint.org based upon the way the member lived and consumed resources before joining AmeriCorps. Some of the outcomes were staggering, so following the calculator and as a team we discussed these outcomes and had a reflection. As a result of taking the ecological footprint calculator and examining alternative ways to “get things done” no pun intended… This Earth Day, Silver 3 came away with a few ideas on how to eliminate unnecessary energy uses at home and overall the activity was a success. 

Silver 3 protecting the environment by cleaning up trash
at the Humboldt Coastal Nature Center
On a side note, but related to environmental stewardship and conservation, last weekend the team participated in a trash grab with Friends of the Dunes at the Humboldt Coastal Nature Center. This coming weekend, the team will attend an Earth Day Celebration at the Sequoia Park Zoo. Come join us in the festivities!

Karl Ronning
Assistant Team Leader, Environmental Liaison, & Life After AmeriCorps Representative
Silver 3, Class 20

Thank you to the Pacific Region for sharing their Earth Day service projects! If you are interested in learning more about AmeriCorps NCCC, and how members practice environmental stewardship, please visit nationalservice.gov/NCCC

 
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