We have many things to be proud of in Wisconsin....and one them is celebrated today. The late Senator Gaylord Nelson was the founder of earth day and began the tradition of Earth Day 40 years ago today ...before it was popular to be green !
Senator Nelson was a beloved public servant serving the state of Wisconsin as a state senator and governor before serving 18 years in the US Senate. You could find him every year at the state fair shaking hands and listening intently to his constituents as he greeted them outside the floral exhibit building.
Earth Day and Senator Nelson gave a voice to the environment...one barely whispered 40 years ago....and now we can never do enough to preserve, protect and enhance our natural surroundings. Upcycle, recycle...words that were are foreigh language at the inception of Earth Day.
There are many activities all weekend throughout southeastern Wisconsin...the Milwaukee Journal highlights these for your enjoyment and education:
Friday, April 22
Earth Day Celebration: Join the Rock the Green and the city of Milwaukee's Office of Environmental Sustainability for the third annual Earth Day Celebration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The City Center, 735 N. Water St., Milwaukee. The event will provide opportunities to learn about the city's sustainability plans, Rock the Green and other organizations. rockthegreen.com
Saturday, April 23
Earthday Workday: Spend the morning working with naturalists to improve the shoreline and wetlands at Schlitz Audubon. Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, 1111 E. Brown Deer Rd., Milwaukee. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. (414) 352-2880, schlitzaudubon.org
Earth Day Service Fest: Bring the family and participate in activities that promote the health of our community and planet. 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. FREE. Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 Hwy Y, Saukville. Pre-register. (262) 375-2715. riveredgenaturecenter.org
Earth Week Finale: Participate in several free events, including bird watching, planetarium shows, activities, games, papermaking and more. Retzer Nature Center, S14W28167 Madison St., Waukesha. 5 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. (262) 970-6680, waukeshacountyparks.com
eRecycling Drive: IndependenceFirst will host an e-cycle drive in the Pettit National Ice Center parking lot. Bring your computers, appliances, cellphones, TVs and other electrical equipment from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 500 S. 84th St., Milwaukee.independencefirst.org
Hank Aaron State Trail: Help clean up the trail by collecting and removing trash and debris. Sign-in locations are at Miller Park near Klement's Sausage House and at Stormwater Park across from Palermos Pizza. Contact Melissa Cook at firstname.lastname@example.org or (414) 263-8559. hankaaronstatetrail.org
Earth Day of Service: The three branches of the Urban Ecology Center are hosting various activities and events, including hikes and community lunches. Each is free. (414) 344-5460, urbanecologycenter.org
Milwaukee Riverkeepers at Havenwoods: Be a part of the 20th annual clean up of Lincoln Creek. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Havenwoods State Forest, 6141 N. Hopkins St., Milwaukee. (414) 527-0232, friendsofhavenwoods.org
Sunday, April 24
West Allis Earth Day Event: This free, family-friendly event features a Re-Creation Station Kid's area, with sidewalk chalks, bubbles, face painting and a balloon artist. Get your bike tuned-up, learn about rain barrels and more. West Allis City Hall Art Gallery, 7525 W. Greenfield Ave., West Allis. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. westalliswi.gov
Earth Day needs to be every day....become more conscious of ways you can participate and incorporate into your lifestyle. Think about the appliances you purchase...the garden you grow...the things you upcycle and recycle...Celebrate with a grateful green attitude.
Amen and Women.