By Tara Lafemina
New Jersey has kicked off a week-long festivity of Earth Day celebrations. Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin started the week partaking in the annual Trenton Litter March, on April 20th.
After this kickoff, there will be plenty of other free opportunities for citizens to honor the environment.
Parks throughout New Jersey are holding hikes and exploring reservoirs. The hikes focus on such issues as sustainability. Activities will include lessons on how to live green, along with exhibits and workshops designed for children.
Special events will be held at the Shore to discuss what could be done to protect the oceans. In many of these events, Martin will be meeting with school children. The children will be giving Martin tours of ocean areas and discussing issues and solutions they feel are relevant.
“On the eve of the 40th birthday of the DEP and during Earth Week, we are all reminded of the immense responsibility the DEP has to preserve the environment and natural resources for our children and future generations,” Commissioner Martin said in a statement on the NJDEP website. “I will ask all residents of New Jersey to actively participate in keeping our state green and clean.”
Earth Week was created in hopes of raising environmental awareness. On the 40th anniversary of Earth Week thousands of teachers, students and concerned people are expected to partake in Earth Day events.
The goal of the DEP is to have everyone become aware of the environment. They want people to be environmentally friendly for more then just a week a year. When people get involved and spread the word to others, Earth Day will continue on for 365 days a year.
For further information: http://www.state.nj.us/dep/seeds/earthday/eday.htm