Disclaimer: A certain writer, yours truly, is in his forties. So long ago, when April 22 came around, you would go to the feed store, get a sapling, and plant it somewhere around your house. It was Earth Day. Americans were worried about the devastation of the South American rainforest, among other things. But environmentalism was still a relatively new phenomenon, starting to be taught in schools, so it was the kids who bugged their parents to reduce, reuse and recycle, and of course, for a ride to get a tree to plant.
Since 1970, when Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson organized a nationwide protest against the deterioration of the environment and millions participated in the very first Earth Day, the only thing that hasn’t changed is that the earth still needs our help.
So take the whole family to the 6th Annual Green Neighbor Family Fest at Deering High School (370 Stevens Ave) on Earth Day, April 22, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Arrive a little early if you want to catch the finish of the Urban Runoff 5K, a conjoined event.) Admission is free.
The festival “celebrate[s] Earth Day and clean water with hands on activities, live entertainment, face painting, a bounce house, and more.” Kids will have plenty of fun, while learning about how to be better stewards to our natural world, even how to spread the word. Be sure to buy tickets to the raffle, as well. The prize last year was a set of Maine State Park passes, just in time for the beginning of the season.
So go and enjoy the unfurling leaves, the green grass, the wholesome spring air, and let Mother Earth talk to the kids for awhile.