It’s the day to get your green on!
The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970. Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin established this day to inspire people to take action for the planet and confront environmental challenges great and small. Now the movement is an international one, with the Earth Day Network holding events year-round in cooperation with partner organizations located in some 192 countries.
To mark the 45th anniversary of this annual observance, IPPL celebrated with a display at the Earth Day festival in nearby North Charleston last Saturday.
Despite the on-again-off-again rain and proliferating mud puddles, we had a great time “monkeying around” and letting people know that 2015 is also the International Year of the Gibbon. Yeah!
Like many Earth Day festivals, this one is a family-friendly event. Our ace volunteers Suzanne Carr and Jennifer Kattan had fun with the kids, giving out stickers and pens, snapping photos of adorable little ones, and answering questions. (“No, we don’t have any gibbons hiding underneath the table….”) They’re both naturals at doing outreach!
Once the sun came out, we also unpacked our awesome gibbon suit, with anatomically correct white face ring, white hands, and extra-long arms. What better day to do the Funky Gibbon?
Our neighbors underneath the welcome canopy were educating visitors about snake and turtle rescue, and their critters weren’t especially bothered by the rain. According to one regular event participant, every other year Earth Day around here is a somewhat soggy affair. So next year’s weather should be fantastic!
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