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Green Team activities to honor Earth Day 2020

Filed in District, District News by on April 21, 2020

Happy Earth Day from the Green Team!

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Although we are living through unprecedented times, we are still grateful for all the things that bring stability, beauty, and hope for the future.  Our planet Earth is one of those things. These times also bring an opportunity to reflect on how we live and interact with each other and our planet. With that in mind we bring you two opportunities to do just this:

For students – 2020 New York Recycles! Poster Contest

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation invites all New York state public and private school children and youth organizations to showcase their artistic talent and their commitment to the environment by participating in the 18th Annual New York Recycles! Poster Contest. This poster contest helps us to achieve our goal of higher excellence in waste reduction, recycling, composting, and buying recycled products and packaging. The winners receive the honor of having their artwork showcased in the 2021 NY Recycles! calendar, which will be distributed throughout the state. Creating a New York Recycles! poster is a great way to celebrate Earth Day on April 22.

Posters must be submitted by May 29 and winners will be notified before the end of the school year. All information and contest rules can be found here.

colorful drawing

This beautiful poster was submitted by Estee Hofman from HAFTR High School and received second place in the Grades 10-12 category.

For the whole family  – “The Story of Plastics” airing Wednesday, April 22 (Earth Day) at 2 p.m.

We are in a plastic crisis. Plastic pollution is everywhere we look, smothering our oceans and poisoning communities around the world. Meanwhile, plastic manufacturers only plan to expand production. We need to chart a different course. Long before it reaches the environment, plastic harms people and the planet. From production to disposal, our plastic obsession has serious consequences. Much of the plastic in the world is used just once, and very little of it gets recycled. Identifying and eliminating single-use, low-value plastics is the first step to ending plastic pollution.

You can learn more by watching The Story of Plastic on Earth Day, April 22, 2020, at 2pm EST/PST on Discovery Channel.