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Thursday, April 22, 1:00 - 1:40 PM EDT
Michigan Earth Day 2021 Student Webinar - Protecting and Restoring Our Environment
The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) is excited to host this 40-minute webinar for students around the state. EGLE Director Liesl Eichler Clark will host the event and provide an overview of the importance of Michigan's Environment and the role we all play in protecting it. In addition the webinar will highlight three significant topics of environmental importance that will be addressed by experts in the Department:
- Climate Change - What is Michigan doing to address climate change and how you can help?
- Drinking water - How does water get to your house and how do we make sure it's safe to drink?
- Contaminated Property - How do we clean up contaminated sites in Michigan and make them usable again?
Please consider using this webinar to help your students learn more about Michigan's environment and the importance of protecting it for future generations.
Teachers/students who are interested in attending the webinar can register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_eisFwCCyT9Gxb016g7q1Nw. After registering, an email will be sent with a link to use to log in at the time of the event.
Those who register but are unable to attend the live session will be sent a link to the recording following the event.
What is the history of Earth Day?
Earth Day was a unified response to an environment in crisis - oil spills, smog, and rivers so polluted they caught fire.
On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans - 10% of the U.S. population at the time - took to the streets, college campuses, and hundreds of cities to protest environmental issues and demand change for our planet going forward. The goal of Earth Day is to raise awareness for climate change, protecting the worlds resources, and environment. Earth Day is one of the largest civic events that takes place throughout the world.
Learn how YOU can make a difference EVERY day in protecting Michigan's environment.
Consider the following, to create a more sustainable Michigan, and contribute to a healthier and cleaner planet:
- Participate in a Earth Day 2021 Clean Up!
- Return single-use bags to grocery stores for them to recycle.
- Recycle the plastics you no longer need or find additional uses for containers.
- Donate unwanted items of clothing instead of throwing them away.
- Plant trees, native wildflower seeds, put in a rain or butterfly garden.
- Eat more vegetables, whole grains, and legumes.
- Ride a bike, take a hike, go canoeing, or kayaking.
Charlotte High Shool
The students at Charlotte High School have been recycling within the school for several years. Each year the students have tried to look for ways to expand their recycling efforts and continue helping in green living. This past year the students heard about a company based out of Indiana that supports schools or youth organizations in collecting plastic caps and lids in order to recycle them into plastic objects like benches, picnic tables, and trash bins.
2021 Environmental Service Award Competition Winners
Alcona Middle School
The Alcona Junior Honor Society has been participating in their Recycling Environmental Service Project since the fall of 2018 at Alcona Middle and High School. Middle school honor society members volunteer weekly to conduct paper, cardboard, plastic, and aluminum recycling for our entire Middle and High School. The goals of our Recycling Environmental Service Project is to educate staff and students about the benefits of recycling; such as the following:
● Reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills
● Conserves natural resources such as timber, water, and minerals
● Prevents pollution by reducing the need to collect new raw materials
● Saves energy
The Earth Day Poster Contest included students in kindergarten through fifth grades. Posters were judged based on use of a theme that included plants, wildlife, or ecosystems native to Michigan. The artwork was drawn by hand or digitally created. Each school hosted its own contest and submitted the top three posters for each grade.
For the Environmental Service Award, schools were invited to nominate a student or group of students, to be recognized for completion of a school-sanctioned, environment-based project, that had tangible results. The project must have shown to provided a benefit for plants, wildlife, or ecosystems native to Michigan. Schools confirmed the validity of each project and outcome. Winners will be posted on this page as soon as they are available. 2020 Environmental Service Award Competition Winners
Students formed a group called Taking Environmental Action (TEA). Their goal was to reduce the number of plastic bottles thrown away at Kearsley Community Schools. TEA organized drives at both schools to promote a culture of recycling, first within their own school district, and eventually to affect change in the greater Flint community.
Emeline Hanna produced and narrated a film for the 2020 Thunder Bay International Film Festival Student Film Competition, titled "Microplastics: The Looming Crisis". The film details her team's microplastics discoveries and a need to change behavior to protect the Great Lakes.
EGLE's Earth Day Video Playlist
At the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development we continue to identify ways to celebrate Earth Day, we invite you to join in with your own sustainable activities.