Earth Week is here

Katie Kosirog

Katie Kosirog

Earth Week is here!

April 22 is the 46th anniversary of the first Earth Day. It is a day that is celebrated worldwide to remind us that we all share the same planet and are responsible for its well-being. Fermilab has a few activities to help you celebrate our Earth:

Monday. Hike with one of Fermilab Natural Area’s avian experts and learn how to identify birds found on site. Meet at noon sharp at the interpretative trail prairie parking lot just off the north side of Pine Street. Wear outdoor shoes and bring a camera and a notebook. Sponsored by Fermilab Natural Areas.

Wednesday. Hike the woods with Fermilab Natural Area’s wildflower and butterfly experts. Spring is a great time to see spring ephemerals such as white trillium, bellwort, spring beauty, liver leaf, wild ginger, twin leaf and some very nice woodland butterflies. Bring your notepad and camera. Meet at noon sharp at the interpretative trail prairie parking lot just off of the north side of Pine Street. Sponsored by Fermilab Natural Areas.

The colloquium at 4 p.m. focuses on attitudes about climate change. Author Doug Sisterson of Argonne National Laboratory will give a presentation based on his book, titled “How to Change Minds About Our Changing Climate.” The presentation will take place in Wilson Hall One West.

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Thursday. Stop by the atrium between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. for this year’s Earth Week Fair. Learn about topics such as public transportation, eco-friendly stockroom items, hazardous-materials recycling at home, or sustainability at Argonne National Laboratory. If you have any old keys, children’s books or textbooks at home that you want to discard, SCARCE organization will be there collecting these items for recycling and reuse.

During the fair, you can also stop in at One West and watch a series of short four- to five-minute videos on sustainable food choices. You can also step outside to the Wilson Hall horseshoe and talk with fellow employees who will have their own personal electric vehicles on display.

Remember that every day should be treated like Earth Day. Whether you are purchasing a new appliance, choosing plants for landscaping or tossing out waste, make the smarter choice for the Earth and its inhabitants.

Katie Kosirog is an ESH&Q specialist.