Earth Day, St Lucie River/Indian River Lagoon

Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970.
Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970.(Public image.)

“The wealth of the nation is its air, water, soil, forests, minerals, rivers, lakes, oceans, scenic beauty, wildlife habitats and biodiversity… that’s all there is. That’s the whole economy. That’s where all the economic activity and jobs come from. These biological systems are the sustaining wealth of the world.”

— Gaylord Nelson, politician 1970s

Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970 in the United States, and is now recognized throughout the many countries of the world. This day has special significance in our St Lucie River/Indian River region as recognizing the importance of our rivers to our local economy, quality of life, and for the future has become part of our culture. First observed from space in 1968, our earth was seen for what it is, “the watery planet.” All of us, hold this watery planet  in our hands…

Today, classrooms all over Martin County will be recognizing Earth Day. I will be joining Mrs Donna Jacobson’s class at Citrus Grove Elementary for a River Kidz/Earth Day lesson, teaching kids about how our earth is intrinsically intertwined with  the health of its waters.

Happy Earth Day. Happy River Day. Pass it on.

Marble photo.
Marble photo.


(River Kid Keile Mader, 2013)
(River Kid, Keile Mader, 2015.)

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